WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The wife of a former Minneapolis cop who was involved in the murder of George Floyd files for a divorce, says she was devastated with the incident.
- The former officer, Derek Chauvin, was seen in the video kneeling on Floyd’s neck, while the latter repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.
- A criminal case is now filed against the ex-police officer, while the three other cops are also under investigation.
The wife of ex Minneapolis police, Derek Chauvin, who has been accused of manslaughter and third-degree murder for George Floyd’s death, has reportedly filed for divorce.
The legal representative of Kellie Chauvin said through social media that Floyd’s death shattered Derek’s wife and that she was sympathizing with the family of the deceased. The attorney confirmed that his client had filed a divorce to end her ties with Derek Chauvin formally.
In the statement, the attorney also said that while Kellie has no children with Derek, she wishes that the public respect her safety and privacy, including her parents, children, and her family at these challenging times.
According to the Associated Press (AP), while Kelly was originally from Laos, her family moved to Thailand in 1977. After three years, her family transferred to Wisconsin.
According to the outlet, she got first married when she was only 18, and her husband, who already passed away, left her with two children after ten years of being together.
Kellie moved to Minessota, and while working at the Hennepin County Medical Center, she comes across Derek.
Ms. Chauvin also told AP that she joined Mrs. Minnesota America contest in 2018 and won the crown.
Following the incident with 46-year-old Floyd, Derek was sacked on Tuesday, together with three police officers at the scene. Every part of the encounter of the four officers with Floyd was captured in a video.
In the footage, Chauvin was seen kneeling at Floyd’s neck as he lies flat with his stomach, continually screaming for help and telling the arresting officers that he has trouble breathing.
An ambulance arrived at the scene, but Floyd was declared dead at the nearby hospital the same day.
Video recording of the case has ignited public outrage. It has also resulted in demonstrations throughout the nation, with protesters shouting about police brutality to people of color, such as black Americans.
Protests at other states have been filled with violence and riot, even causing looting and damage to properties.
Meanwhile, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said on a press briefing on Friday that the case filed against Chauvin was processed immediately, the fastest to date as far as murder charges against a Minneapolis police officer are concerned.
Based on the criminal code in Minessota, the third-degree murder charge has a maximum of 25 years of imprisonment.
Freeman added that filing more cases against former officer Chauvin is probable. At the same time, the attorney also expects that charges will be filed against the three other involved cops, whose cases are still under probing.