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Officer Who Killed George Floyd Had a Dozen Complaints Over Career, Was Never Disciplined

On Monday night and African American man George Floyd died after an altercation with Minneapolis Police. Video soon emerged of a police officer, later identified as Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck. The officer ignored the man’s pleas that he could not breath.

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The Police Department acted quickly in firing Chauvin as well as the 3 officers who were with him on the scene. Criminal charges, however, have yet to be filed. The officer at the center of the situation is a 19 year veteran of the force. According to a recent report from NBC News,  Chauvin was the subject of a dozen different complaints over his career, but was never disciplined.

NBC’s Shomari Stone tweeted, “Minneapolis police officer at center of George Floyd’s death had history of prior complaints. Derek Chauvin had been with the dept. since 2001. During his career, he was the subject of a dozen police conduct complaints; he was never disciplined.”

The report reveals that, “Chauvin, who joined the Minneapolis Police Academy in October 2001, has had a career that included use-of-force incidents and at least one lawsuit related to an allegation of violations of a prisoner’s federal constitutional rights.”

The officer was, at one point, placed on administrative leave after an incident where he shot a suspect. He was also placed on leave again in 2011 due to different matter.

When asked about Chauvin’s record, Mylan Masson, a police training expert, noted that the number of complaints were, “a little bit higher than norma

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is calling for the officers involved in the matter to be prosecuted. He tweeted on Wednesday, “If most people, particularly people of color, had done what a police officer did late Monday, they’d already be behind bars. That’s why today I’m calling on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in this case.”



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