Since Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder earlier this week, people have been digging into his not so squeaky-clean past...
And it turns out that the former police officer had eighteen complaints of violence filed against him during his time on the police force.
Scroll on for the full story...
Now, Derek Chauvin has been the talk of the entire world in the last month...
Because on March 29th, his highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse.
According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started proceedings by playing the horrifying video of the moment Chauvin dug his knee into Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."
As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins, my thoughts are with the Floyd family and every American impacted by racist p… https://t.co/VS7xyG75Tz— George Takei (@George Takei)1617063128.0
Special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement:
"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."
Alongside numerous eye-witnesses who testified against Chauvin, never-before-seen bodycam footage from the events of May 25th was also presented to the jury...
And gave fresh details of the minutes leading up to Floyd's arrest, as well as the moment he was confronted by the police officers.
Of course, the footage was utterly chilling to watch...
And days on from that revelation, the prosecution called an outside expert witness to testify about Floyd's cause of death.
Prosecutors said that Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck contributed to his death...
While Chauvin's defense argued that Floyd's use of illicit drugs and his underlying medical conditions were the key factors.
Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical medicine doctor with forty-five years of experience in the field also testified...
And he wholeheartedly supported the theory that Floyd was killed as a result of Chauvin's pressure on his neck.
"Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen, and this caused damage to his brain that we see, and it also caused a PEA arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop."
The evidence continued to stack up against Chauvin...
And, clearly in panic mode, his defense continued to stress that Floyd had already put himself at risk by swallowing drugs and resisting officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart, raising sufficient doubt that Chauvin should be acquitted.
However, despite his defense's best efforts...
Things didn't go in Chauvin's favor.
Because on April 20th, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
Breaking News: Derek Chauvin was found guilty of two counts of murder on Tuesday in the death of George Floyd.… https://t.co/CmUIkZTsdq— The New York Times (@The New York Times)1618953907.0
The jury found the former police officer guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Millions from all around the world tuned in to witness the live footage of Judge Peter Cahill reading out Chauvin's guilty verdict...
And the ex-cop was seen sitting motionless and calm as the verdicts were read out.
The entire world has been rejoicing since Chauvin's guilty verdict came through...
Derek Chauvin’s conviction is not justice - it’s accountability. George Floyd is still dead. Black lives continue… https://t.co/nGIVueQrQh— Nadia Whittome MP (@Nadia Whittome MP)1618995730.0
But many have been keen to remind others that this doesn't mean justice has been served - a lot still needs to be done about systemic racism and the way police officers here in the U.S treat people of color.
Although Derek Chauvin was found guilty, there is still SO MUCH that needs to be done. CHANGE NEEDS TO HAPPEN.— bri 🦄 (@bri 🦄)1619031872.0
Yesterday Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd And cops killed at least 5 more people, includi… https://t.co/AGqlmtl1VQ— Anti-Fascist Abolitionist AWK (@Anti-Fascist Abolitionist AWK)1619061782.0
tw // police brutality, murder, shooting - - - Minutes after Derek Chauvin was found guilty, a police officer kille… https://t.co/K94ryhCkgc— minny ₍ᐢ ›̥̥̥ ༝ ‹̥̥̥ ᐢ₎ lrts (@minny ₍ᐢ ›̥̥̥ ༝ ‹̥̥̥ ᐢ₎ lrts)1619007998.0
Now that #DerekChauvin was found guilty on all charges is a moment for celebration. But this is just the start, the… https://t.co/GyxZJUFHB8— Baran (@Baran)1619048861.0
Since the guilty verdict was announced, people have been digging into Chauvin's past...
This is Derek Chauvin’s new mugshot after being found GUILTY on all counts of murder, just released by Minnesota De… https://t.co/p8YnhpfFDJ— Ben Crump (@Ben Crump)1619012498.0
And it turns out that his career as a police officer wasn't exactly squeaky-clean... of course.
According to police figures provided to CNN...
Chauvin has eighteen previous grievances on his record since joining the force in 2001.
Many of his complaints resulted in either no disciplinary action or a reprimand...
And it has also been reported that Chauvin had been involved in 3 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 5 other officers shot and killed him.
2 years later, in 2008, Chauvin was involved in an altercation with Ira Latrell Toles after responding to a domestic call-out.
Despite shooting the man twice, he survived.
And then, in 2011, he was placed on a 3-day leave after he and 4 other officers were involved in another non-fatal shooting of a man called Leroy Martinez.
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 years on the force is "a little bit higher than normal."
This was just before Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck for over 9 minutes, which would result in the man dying from his injuries inflicted by the officer.
Chauvin is due to be sentenced in 8 weeks, so make sure to stay posted for upcoming developments.