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Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin taken into custody; some say it’s ‘not enough’

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Tom Tillison


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