First Look at Ex-Minneapolis Cop Derek Chauvin After He Was Arrested and Charged with George Floyd’s Murder

Authorities in Minnesota late Friday released a mugshot of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44.  Chauvin was fired earlier this week; he now faces one count of third-degree murder and one count of second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin is being held, reports say, in the Ramsey County Jail.  Ramsey County surrounds St. Paul, Minn., and neighbors Hennepin County, which surrounds the twin city of Minneapolis.  Chauvin faces charges in Hennepin County.  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that authorities did not make it clear exactly why Chauvin was not booked in Hennepin County.  However, it is not uncommon for high-profile defendants to be moved to other jurisdictions for their own safety.

Court records suggest Chauvin’s bail is set at $500,000.  That number is contained in an “order of detention” section of a warrant signed electronically by District Court Judge Luis Bartolomei of Hennepin County; however, a requisite box next to that section is not checked.

According to charging documents, Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.  Chauvin continued pressing for two minutes and fifty three seconds after Floyd lost consciousness.  “Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous,” a probable cause statement read.

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SOURCE: Law & Crime – AARON KELLER