Derek Chauvin, The Cop Who Knelt On George Floyd’s Neck For Almost 8 Minutes, Has Been Arrested
Derek Chauvin, the officer seen with his knee on George Floyd's neck has been arrested.
May 29, 2020 at 7:13 pm
Derek Chauvin was arrested on Friday after being fired from his job as a police officer for the Minneapolis Police Department on Monday. He was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, The Washington Post reported.
Minnesota DPS Commissioner John Harrington announced that he had been notified of the arrest and that Chauvin was taken into custody by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Star Tribune reports.
Harrington did not mention any charges against the officer.
BREAKING: Minnesota authorities say Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd, has been arrested. This comes after three days of protests in Minneapolis and around the U.S. to demand accountability and denounce police brutality. pic.twitter.com/NqNeRkbniD— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) May 29, 2020
In addition to Chauvin, three other officers were terminated from the police department after a video of the incident circulated online showing Floyd during his last moments of life.
A press conference has been scheduled for 1 p.m. local time where officials are expected to announce a "major development" in the case.
It is not clear if the remaining three officers have been taken into custody as of Friday afternoon.
Original (May 28, 2020): The horrifying footage of George Floyd's death has caused widespread outrage across the country and major protests in Minneapolis.
Local Minneapolis news outlet Fox 9 has uncovered new footage of the moments before the viral video that has ricocheted across social media, showing officers violently removing Floyd from his car.
The video refutes what police officers have said previously. According to Daily Mail, a police spokesperson said police suspected Floyd of committing forgery and approached his vehicle to arrest him. The spokesperson said Floyd voluntarily got out of his car before he began to fight with officers, which the video shows is not true.
Warning: The below video contains sensitive footage and can be triggering.
The video shows officer Derek Chauvin grabbing and pulling on the 46-year-old father of two before officer Tou Thao comes to help drag Floyd out of his car.
The quick clip took place before Chauvin threw Floyd to the ground and knelt on his neck for several minutes. Floyd repeatedly asked for help and told Chauvin he could not breathe. A crowd standing around the scene also shouted that Floyd was losing consciousness, demanding Thao do something to stop Chauvin from killing him.
Even after another officer checked the pulse of an unconscious Floyd, Chauvin did not remove his knee from his neck.
A statement from police spokesman John Elder contains a completely different story than what was seen on video, according to Daily Mail.
"Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later," the statement read.
On Wednesday, journalists were able to obtain the report from the Minneapolis Fire Department, showing that Floyd did not have a pulse before he was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Before the report was released, police continued to claim that Floyd died at the hospital.
here is screenshot of narrative from Mpls fire. pic.twitter.com/2QG6Rs5AyT— Lou Raguse (@LouRaguse) May 27, 2020
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey came out on Wednesday afternoon and called for criminal charges to be filed by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman against Chauvin, Fox 9 reported.
“I’ve wrestled, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, with one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail? If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now. I cannot come up with a good answer to that question,” Frey said during a press conference, according to Fox 9.
In a Facebook press conference, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the four officers involved in the situation have been fired and that the FBI is now looking into the case.
Another video from a restaurant's security camera caught a different angle of the arrest, showing officers grabbing and pulling on Floyd even while he was in handcuffs and clearly in pain.
Video shows what appears to be the start of the confrontation between #GeorgeFloyd and #Minneapolis #police officers. A restaurant's security footage shows cops taking him into custody, but the restaurant owner says it does not show Floyd resisting #Arrest pic.twitter.com/LjIerm6BaX— Sn00pster (@sn00pdad) May 27, 2020
It was also revealed that both Chauvin and Thao have been involved in investigations into their conduct and use of force. Chauvin was one of six officers who shot Wayne Reyes to death in 2006, and he also shot Ira Latrell Toles during an altercation in 2008, according to the Star Tribune.
The newspaper also reported that Thao was sued in 2017 and had to settle out of court after being accused of excessive force. The other two officers who were fired for their involvement are Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, according to Daily Mail.
Frey said the city could not "turn a blind eye" and have to "see this for what it is and call it what it is."
"George Floyd deserves justice," Frey said Wednesday.
"We watched for five whole excruciating minutes as a white officer firmly pressed his knee into the neck of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man. I saw no threat. I saw nothing that would signal that this kind of force was necessary. By the way, that particular technique that was used is not authorized by the MPD, it is not something that officers are trained in on and should not be used period,” Frey continued.
Dozens of stars have tweeted out about Floyd, and multiple people have spoken to news outlets about their experiences with him. The North Carolina native was raised in Houston and was a star football player. He also spent time rapping and worked in security after he moved to Minneapolis.
As people call for justice, Frey was open about how unacceptable Floyd's death was.
“Being Black in America should not be a death sentence,” Frey said on Tuesday.