Derek Chauvin

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Derek Chauvin

Born March 19, 1976 (age 44)
Oakdale, Minnesota

Derek Michael Chauvin (born March 19, 1976) is an American former police officer known for his involvement in events surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020. During an arrest made by Chauvin and three other officers, he knelt on Floyd's neck (although footage shown at the trial indicated that his knee was actually on Floyd's shoulderblade[1]) for several minutes while Floyd was handcuffed, lying face down on the street calling out "I can't breathe."

He was fired from his job after the death of George Floyd while in custody. On May 29, 2020, he was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.[2][3] On June 3, 2020, prosecutors additionally moved to charge him with unintentional second-degree murder.[4] On October 22, 2020, the charge of third-degree murder was dismissed, but it was reinstated on March 11, 2021. On April 20, 2021, Chauvin was found guilty by a jury that included Black Lives Matter activists.[5][6][7] A juror was found to have lied on his juror questionaire about participating in anti-police protests or BLM riots the previous summer. When the false statements by the juror were discovered, Chauvin's attorney filed a motion for a new trial, citing doing so in the interest of justice and because of an abuse of discretion that deprived Chauvin of a fair trial, among other issues.[8]

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