Derek Chauvin is the Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer depicted in the media kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, who eventually died of his injury. In the videos of the incident, which has sparked protests in the City of Lakes, Chauvin is seen keeping his knee on Floyd's neck for over seven minutes. Floyd pleaded with officers and claimed he wasn't able to breathe.
Floyd's death has led to a public outcry, and his sister, Bridgett, believes that Chauvin and the other officers should be charged with murder. The incident prompted the firing of the four Minneapolis officers involved, including Chauvin. The decision was announced by Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Tuesday and supported by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.