Derek Chauvin: Who Is The Police Officer Seen Kneeling On George Floyd's Neck?

Tyler MacDonald

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.

Since his arrest, his wife, Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce.

As Heavy reported, Chauvin's time in the police department is linked to dozens of complaints, which are listed in the Minneapolis police database. However, all of the complaints are listed as "non-public" and "no discipline," and the nature of the incidents is not clear.

"While we strive for accuracy, we often have to rely on media accounts that endeavor to justify all deaths at the hands of law enforcement," the report reads.

The same report claims that Chauvin and fellow officer Terry Nutter slammed into the vehicle of Darwin Vivar and Klevar Jacome, killing them instantly.

"Under all that uniform, he's just a softie. He's such a gentleman. He still opens the door for me, still puts my coat on for me. After my divorce, I had a list of must-haves if I were ever to be in a relationship, and he fit all of them."