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Derek Chauvin Had A Long History Of Violence During His Time As Officer

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Derek Chauvin Had A Long History Of Violence During His Time As Officer

Derek Chauvin has now been convicted of the murder of George Floyd, a result which saw Floyd's sister Tonya declare: "My brother got justice, and that's very rare."

However, this wasn't the first time a complaint has been filed against the former Minneapolis police officer.

In fact, Chauvin - who was found guilty of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter - has 18 previous grievances on his record since joining the force in 2001, according to police figures provided to CNN.

Chauvin in court when the jurors handed down their guilty verdicts. Credit: PA
Chauvin in court when the jurors handed down their guilty verdicts. Credit: PA
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Many of his complaints resulted in either no disciplinary action or a reprimand.

It is reported that Chauvin had been involved in three officer-involved shootings.

In 2006, police responded after a man called Wayne Reyes stabbed his girlfriend and a male friend before driving off.

When he was stopped by cops, Chauvin and five other officers shot and killed him.

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Scenes in Minneapolis after Chauvin was found guilty of killing George Floyd. Credit: PA
Scenes in Minneapolis after Chauvin was found guilty of killing George Floyd. Credit: PA
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Credit: PA

Two years later, in 2008, Chauvin was involved in an altercation with Ira Latrell Toles in 2008 after responding to a domestic call out. Despite shooting the man twice, he survived.

Then in 2011, the police officer was placed on three-day leave after he and four other officers were involved in another non-fatal shooting of a man called Leroy Martinez.

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All of the cops were allowed to return to work after it was determined that they had acted 'appropriately'.

In 2020, Mylan Masson, a retired Minneapolis Park police officer spoke to NBC News and explained that the amount of grievances against Chauvin in his 19 years on the police force is 'a little bit higher than normal'.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Fast forward to May 25 2020 and Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd for nine minutes and 25 seconds, despite Mr Floyd's repeated claims that he couldn't breathe.

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Chauvin was found guilty of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter on Tuesday (20 April).

The verdict handed down unanimously by the jury in Chauvin's trial is a landmark case for many reasons, but specifically because it represents the first time that a white police officer has been convicted of murdering a black citizen in the state of Minnesota.

A photograph was released yesterday, showing the former police officer in his prison jumpsuit.

Chauvin is due to be sentenced in eight weeks' time.

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Topics: News, George Floyd, US News

Rebecca Shepherd
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