Officer at Center of George Floyd's Death Had 12 Complaints Against Him

Rebekah Sager
May 28, 2020 - 11:43 am
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Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen in the now-infamous video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, had at least 12 conduct complaints against him

During his 19 year career, Chauvin was involved in multiple shootings. In 2006, alleged suspect Wayne Reyes was shot several times, by five officers (including Chauvin) after Reyes got out of his truck armed with a shotgun. Reyes was killed after "several officers fired multiple shots," according to the records

In the same year, Chuavin and seven others were named in a federal lawsuit filed by an inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Lino Lakes. The case was dismissed in 2007. 

In 2008, Chauvin and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance where Ira Latrell Toles was shot and wounded.  Toles reportedly reached for Chauvin's gun, and Chauvin responded by shooting Toles in the abdomen and injuring him. Chauvin along with the other officers were placed on paid leave during the investigation. 

Floyd was unarmed as Chauvin kneeled on his neck. The video captures Floyd begging for help and was heard telling officers multiple times, "Please, please, please. I can't breathe." 

Witnesses to the incident pleaded for Chauvin to remove his knee from Floyd's neck just before Floyd went silent. Chauvin held the pressure for eight minutes until paramedics arrived and took Floyd to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

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Tuesday, the Minneapolis Police Department fired Chauvin, 44, a 19-year veteran officer, and three fellow officers, one day after the brutal death of Floyd. 

The FBI is leading the investigation into Floyd's death. 

Floyd moved to Minneapolis from his native Houston several years ago in hopes of finding work and starting a new life, said Christopher Harris, Floyd's lifelong friend. But he lost his job as a bouncer at a restaurant when Minnesota's governor issued a stay-at-home order.

On Monday night, an employee at a Minneapolis grocery store called police after Floyd allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.

In a statement from the Minneapolis police, it was reported that Floyd  "physically resisted" and that he died after "suffering medical distress."

"They murdered my brother. He was crying for help," Bridgett Floyd, his sister, said in an interview on the "Today" show

On both Tuesday and Wednesday night, protesters filled the streets in Minneapolis and Los Angeles to vent their outrage over the incident. 

Chauvin is being represented by Tom Kelly, the attorney who represented Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who killed Philando Castile. 

Floyd's sister has set up a GoFundMe page for her brother. 

associated press contributed to this story.