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Brutal former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd


This news story was published on May 30, 2020.
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Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is now charged with murder
and manslaughter after he snuffed out a man’s life instead just arresting him like a normal police officer should. Even with three there cops helping him, he still couldn’t do his job properly, video proved.

MINNEAPOLIS – The brutal former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, whose life he viciously snuffed out with his knee on video for the entire world to watch and react to with riots.

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced at a news conference Friday.

No first appearance has been set, yet, for Chauvin, 44, of Oakdale.  Reportedly, he’s on suicide watch and his wife announced she’s divorcing him.

STATEMENT OF PROBABLE CAUSE via Hennepin County Attorney:

On May 25, 2020, someone called 911 and reported that a man bought merchandise from Cup Foods at 3759 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota with a counterfeit $20 bill. At 8:08 p.m., Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Officers Thomas Lane and J.A. Kueng arrived with their body worn cameras (BWCs) activated and running. The officers learned from store personnel that the man who passed the counterfeit $20 was parked in a car around the corner from the store on 38th Street.

BWC video obtained by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shows that the officers approached the car, Lane on the driver’s side and Kueng on the passenger side. Three people were in the car; George Floyd was in the driver’s seat, a known adult male was in the passenger seat and a known adult female was sitting in the backseat. As Officer Lane began speaking with Mr. Floyd, he pulled his gun out and pointed it at Mr. Floyd’s open window and directed Mr. Floyd to show his hands. When Mr. Floyd put his hands in the steering wheel, Lane put his gun back in its holster.

While Officer Kueng was speaking with the front seat passenger, Officer Lane ordered Mr. Floyd out of the car, put his hands on Mr. Floyd, and pulled him out of the car. Officer Lane handcuffed Mr. Floyd. Mr. Floyd actively resisted being handcuffed.

Once handcuffed, Mr. Floyd became compliant and walked with Officer Lane to the sidewalk and sat on the ground at Officer Lane’s direction. In a conversation that lasted just under two minutes, Officer Lang asked Mr. Floyd for his name and identification. Officer Lane asked Mr. Lloyd if he was “on anything” and explained that he was arresting Mr. Lloyd for passing counterfeit currency.
Officers Kueng and Lane stood Mr. Floyd up and attempted to walk Mr. Floyd to their squad car (MPD 320) at 8:14 p.m. Mr. Floyd stiffened up, fell to the ground, and told the officers he was claustrophobic.

MPD Officers Derek Chauvin (the defendant) and Tou Thoa then arrived in a separate squad car.

The officers made several attempts to get Mr. Floyd in the backseat of squad 320 from the driver’s side. Mr. Floyd did not voluntarily get in the car and struggled with the officers by intentionally falling down, saying he was not going in the car, and refusing to stand still. Mr. Floyd is over six feet tall and weighs more than 200 pounds.

While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe. The defendant went to the passenger side and tried to get Mr. Floyd into the car from that side and Lane and Kueng assisted.

The defendant pulled Mr. Floyd out of the passenger side of the squad car at 8:19:38 p.m. and Mr. Floyd went to the ground face down and still handcuffed. Kueng held Mr. Floyd’s back and Lane held his legs. The defendant placed his left knee in the area of Mr. Floyd’s head and neck. Mr. Floyd said, “I can’t breathe” multiple times and repeatedly said, “Mama” and “please,” as well. The defendant and the other two officers stayed in their positions.

The officers said, “You are talking fine” to Mr. Floyd as he continued to move back and forth. Lane asked, “should we roll him on his side?” and the defendant said, “No, staying put where we got him.” Officer Lane said, “I am worried about excited delirium or whatever.” The defendant said, “That’s why we have him on his stomach.” None of the three officers moved from their positions.
BWC video shows Mr. Floyd continue to move and breathe. At 8:24:24, Mr. Floyd stopped moving. At 8:25:31 the video appears to show Mr. Floyd ceasing to breathe or speak. Lane said, “want to roll him on his side.” Kueng checked Mr. Floyd’s right wrist for a pulse and said, “I couldn’t find one.” None of the officers moved from their positions.

At 8:27:24, the defendant removed his knee from Mr. Floyd’s neck. An ambulance and emergency medical personnel arrived, the officers placed Mr. Floyd on a gurney, and the ambulance left the scene. Mr. Floyd was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner (ME) conducted Mr. Floyd’s autopsy on May 26, 2020. The full report of the ME is pending but the ME has made the following preliminary findings. The autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.

The defendant had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive. Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous.

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16 Responses to Brutal former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd

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    Reggie Dee Reply Report comment

    June 4, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    If there is two things I’ve learned about being a Negro in America is that one should never resist arrest or mouth off with the police. It amazes me when I see Caucasians totally act out with no repercussions. Saw such a woman in Hawaii screaming in a police officers face and even cursed his Nationality. SMH

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    There’s also disturbing new information that Chauvin and Floyd knew each other. They had worked security at the same Minneapolis country bar for something like 17 years.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 31, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      There is no evidence they knew each other although they did work at the same bar. Floyd worked inside as a bouncer while Chauvin worked outside. The owner said he has no idea if they knew each other. Floyd worked there for a year. He had moved to Minneapolis from Houston in 2014. Your post is typical of people who read headlines and that is about all they read.

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    I'll be in DSM Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2020 at 9:37 am

    What are we supposed to believe???? The 1st paragraph says; ” Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, whose life he viciously snuffed out with his knee on video for the entire world to watch and react to with riots.” The 2nd to last paragraph says: The autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”

    More click bait and misleading headlines. This is high school journalism at its finest.

    • NIT Publisher

      NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      May 31, 2020 at 9:49 am

      The video told the story. Any reasonable person with an IQ above 10 can clearly see the cop murdered Floyd with a knee to the neck. Get lost if you think NIT is clickbait, or swing by my office to discuss face to face.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        May 31, 2020 at 9:54 am

        Most people go through their entire life without a confrontation with law enforcement. Why can’t these people learn to be like a normal person?

        • NIT Publisher

          NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

          May 31, 2020 at 12:28 pm

          Define “confrontation.” Cops pull a lot of people over, is that a confrontation? In my experience, sometimes just being near a police officer can lead to interaction. Interaction can go one of two ways – 1) nowhere, or 2) they start asking questions / making assumptions and from there, the situation can go anywhere. Officer has all the power when he/she decides things are going south.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        May 31, 2020 at 9:59 am

        Why is the media not mentioning the fact that the deceased was convicted of breaking into a woman’s home and robbing her at gunpoint? Is that not “brutal”? Karma caught up to him.

        • NIT Publisher

          NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

          May 31, 2020 at 12:20 pm

          First I heard of that, I’m sure it’s a “fact” you got from some fringe website somewhere (no link provided, just tossing garbage out today?), and it bears zero weight on his execution, but keep being a bigot if you feel strong doing so.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          May 31, 2020 at 2:49 pm

          You somehow got the info that Floyd had been in trouble before but you didn’t mention where the information came from. I read it also so it is being reported by the media. However, it has absolutely nothing to do with what happened to him in Minnesota. You bring it up to switch blame from the cop to a man who was murdered by the cop. How would Chauvin know about the past incident anyway? Floyd is dead because he is black. Don’t forget that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Chauvin didn’t even know if Floyd was the man who supposedly passed a fake $20 bill. You also neglected to mention that Chauvin had 18 previous complaints filed against him for using excessive force. Why is that?

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            Anonymous

            June 1, 2020 at 8:17 pm

            That info came from news agencies across the world. ABC, NY Post, BBC.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        May 31, 2020 at 1:08 pm

        Careful what you wish for. We are still entitled to our opinions.

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          I'll be in DSM Reply Report comment

          May 31, 2020 at 1:58 pm

          Yes, differences of opinions can sometimes lead to restraining orders being issued.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2020 at 7:33 am

    No shit!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2020 at 3:58 am

    This guy has 12 eternal affairs sealed investigations into brutality. Four known deaths by him alone and 7 overall while in uniform. He’s a killer. Doomed.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Preliminary autopsy says he didn’t die from the cops actions. Imagine the rioting when he’s acquitted of the murder charge. It’s gonna be great.