The death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department has sent shockwaves around our nation once again, and it has a great many Americans demanding answers.
A video of Floyd’s final moments has been circulating online in recent days, depicting the brutal manner in which officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the already-prone and already-handcuffed suspect’s neck as he pleaded for relief. Floyd told officer Chauvin several times that he couldn’t breathe, and, despite being already detained, Chauvin would not relent until Floyd was dead.
Now, a closer look at Chauvin and another officer involved in the incident reveals that the pair had quite the history of violent conduct.
According to NBC News, it was unclear which officer shot first. All five were put on paid leave while the incident was investigated.
Later that same year, officers were responding to a domestic call when Chauvin claimed the man reached for his gun. The man was shot and wounded, though not by Chauvin. Authorities later determined none of the officers had acted inappropriately.
Chauvin has also been the subject of three reviews from the Civilian Review Authority in which he was found to have used “demeaning tone, sustained,” “derogatory language, sustained,” and “language-other, sustained.”
He’s also been the subject of seven reviews by the local Office of Police Conduct which all concluded the reviews had been “Closed- No discipline.”
Another officer involved in the incident, Tou Thao, has similar issues.
Thao, the second officer seen in the video of Floyd’s death, is a 10-year veteran of the force. Thao has been sued by a man who alleged Thao and two officers used excessive force during a 2014 arrest. According to the lawsuit, Thao brutally beat up a handcuffed man during an arrest before escorting him to jail in only his underwear and a T-shirt.
A lawsuit stemming from the incident, which was eventually settled out of court, alleged Thao and another officer punched and kneed the man’s face and body, which resulted in broken teeth as well as other trauma and bruising.
The revelation will almost certainly rain further criticism down upon the Minneapolis Police Department, as concerned citizens from all corners of America demand justice for George Floyd.
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