Prior to the George Floyd incident, Derek Chauvin had served in the Minneapolis Police Department for many years. He began his career on the force in 2001. And during his 19 years on the job, he was the recipient of 17 complaints from the public and wasn’t disciplined for any of them.
None of this matters, however, when is comes to the pension he has accrued. It won’t even matter if he is convicted of murder charges. According to a report from CNN, Chauvin could still be in line for a pension that totals over $1,000,000.
The possibility is due to a quirk in Minnesota state law. Fox 59 reports, “While a number of state laws allow for the forfeiture of pensions for those employees convicted of felony crimes related to their work, this is not the case in Minnesota.”
Minnesota law does not require the forfeiture of pensions for employees convicted of felonies related to their work, which means Derek Chauvin would be eligible for more than $1 million in benefits, even if he is convicted for the murder of George Floyd. https://t.co/IgUjMUKLuj
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To add insult to injury, this pension, which Chauvin could begin collecting at age 50, is partially funded by taxpayers.
The Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association told CNN, “Neither our Board nor our staff have the discretion to increase, decrease, deny or revoke benefits. Any changes to current law would need to be done through the legislative process.”
George Mason University law professor D. Bruce Johnsen said of the situation, “Pension forfeiture for misconduct is pretty rare. With this terrible tragedy it might be a good time to push in this direction.”
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