Chauvin is one of the officers involved in George Floyd’s death.
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On Friday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin has been taken into custody in connection with the May 25 death.
#BREAKING: Officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody by state authorities, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says.
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) May 29, 2020
Chauvin is the officer seen in the viral video kneeling on Floyd’s neck. He was later pronounced dead of a “medical incident.” Following the incident, the Minneapolis Police Department fired Chauvin, as well as the three other officers involved in Floyd’s in-custody incident — Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng. Chauvin was the subject of 12 conduct complaints during his 19-year career. Despite the number of complaints, his superior officers never disciplined him.
Recently, the U.S. Justice Department said they were going to launch a federal investigation into Floyd’s death. In a statement, U.S. Attorney Erica Macdonald and FBI Special Agent In Charge Rainer Drolshagen said they were going to launch a “robust criminal investigation” into Floyd’s death. They called the investigation a “top priority.”
“Upon conclusion of the FBI’s investigation,” the statement reads, “the U.S. Attorney’s Office will determine whether federal criminal charges are supported by the evidence. If it is determined that there has been a violation of federal law, criminal charges will be sought.”