Derek Chauvin has been closely scrutinized by the public since he was exposed as a Minneapolis cop who killed George Floyd by pressing his knee on Floyd's neck for a few minutes. The tragic incident that occurred on Monday (May 25) was apparently not the first, second, or third time that Chauvin was accused of using excessive force at work.
According to NBC News, Chauvin joined the Minneapolis Police Academy in 2001 and has been the subject of at least 12 complaints involving violence and a lawsuit alleging violation of a prisoner's constitutional rights.
Retired officer and training expert Mylan Masson says the 12 complaints against Chauvin about the time he was with the police were "slightly higher than normal".
According to records, Chauvin and five other officers responded to a stab in 2006 that resulted in a chase with the alleged suspect, Wayne Reyes. Reyes reportedly got out of his truck with a shotgun. At that point, several officers "fired multiple shots" and killed him. The same year, Chauvin and seven others were named in a federal lawsuit filed by an inmate of the Minnesota correctional facility in Lino Lakes. The allegations in the case are unclear and were rejected in 2007 without damage.
In 2008, Chauvin Ira Latrell Toles shot and wounded after responding to a home disorder. During a fight with Toles, he allegedly picked up Chauvin's weapon before the officer fired two shots and hit Toles in the stomach. Toles would survive the incident.
Minneapolis & # 39; Communities United Against Police Brutality report that Chauvin has received only a handful of verbal references for the complaints filed against him.
Chauvin and the three other officers involved in George Floyd's murder were released by police in Minneapolis on Tuesday. The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has also launched its own investigation. In addition, President Trump said he had opened an FBI and Department of Justice investigation into Floyd's death and said "justice is being served".