With the embers still smoldering in the city of Minneapolis after a second night of violent riots, Derek Chauvin, the fired police officer responsible for the incident that sparked the senseless destruction has reportedly been taken into custody.
Officer Chauvin is seen in a video holding his knee to the neck of George Floyd for over eight minutes. Floyd was unresponsive when medics arrived at the scene and was declared dead after arriving at the hospital.
KMSP-TV reporter Theo Keith tweeted that Chauvin was taken into custody by “state authorities,” citing Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.
#BREAKING: Officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody by state authorities, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says.
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) May 29, 2020
According to reports, Chauvin is the only officer believed to be taken into custody out of the four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest — all four were fired.
Here’s how it happened:
Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington went into a holding room immediately after this morning’s newser.
That’s where he got the call from the BCA superintendent.
Reporters were summoned to return.
5 minutes later, the announcement.
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) May 29, 2020
At the time, it wasn’t clear where Chauvin was arrested, or on what charges, but in a press briefing shortly after Keith’s tweets, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that Chauvin was charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
BREAKING: Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says. The investigation into the killing of George Floyd continues pic.twitter.com/IkMpbbewUl
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) May 29, 2020
Freeman said the investigation of the other three officers involved is still ongoing.
Chauvin has had multiple complaints filed against him — a total of 18 complaints in his 19-years as a police officer, according to the Minneapolis Police Department — to include Chauvin being involved in a fatal shooting of a stabbing suspect in Oct. 2006.
He also shot a man twice in the abdomen during a domestic disturbance call in 2008, after police say the man grabbed for Chauvin’s weapon. That suspect survived.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is under fire for not prosecuting cases of alleged police misconduct when she was a local prosecutor with responsibility for Minneapolis, to include incidents involving Chauvin.
This should pretty much cripple any chance she had of becoming Joe Biden’s running mate.
The news of Chauvin’s arrest quickly spread online.
News re the murder of George Floyd: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken former Police Officer Derek Chauvin into custody
No charging decision has been made yet.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 29, 2020
With all four officers involved being fired and President Donald Trump directing the Justice Department and FBI to get involved in the investigation of the incident, and Chauvin apparently being arrested — no charges have been announced — will this satiate the mob that has spent two days looting and burning?
The short answer is probably not:
Derek Chauvin has now officially been taken into custody, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He is the officer seen with his knee on George Floyd’s neck. #GeorgeFloyd
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) May 29, 2020
It took 4 officers to murder George Floyd. Derek Chauvin did not act alone.
Officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were not unwilling participants in a quick death, but fully participating co-conspirators in a slow, brutal public lynching.
ARREST THEM NOW.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) May 29, 2020
Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd, was arrested.
This is not enough. We have much further to go — including swift, independent prosecution conducted by the Attorney General’s office.
The fight to dismantle a violent, oppressive system has just begun. https://t.co/46o1tx0Cqo
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 29, 2020
They watched while a COWORKER MURDERED GEORGE FLOYD
THERE ARE ACCOMPLICES IN THIS MURDER AND THEY SHOULD BE ARRESTED
— RaiderNation (@shazutheraider) May 29, 2020
Good there should def be more destruction and violence that will change not a thing …excellent point
— U know I’m right (@AdamS65788464) May 29, 2020
Not enough. I need to see his blood
— $wank (@Swankkk_revibes) May 29, 2020
what about the other three? (rhetorical)
— 💔🕯🗽Cynnbad🗽 (@mmaniac90) May 29, 2020
Better not be protective custody,
— Cblove (@ccbarn) May 29, 2020