As riots pour over into the streets of multiple U.S. cities including the nation’s capital Washington, D.C., Derek Chauvin is finding that when it rains, it pours. The disgraced former Minneapolis police officer hasn’t rested since he kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes as the 46-year-old begged for his life, repeating “I can’t breathe.” The criminal complaint against Chauvin states that Floyd’s autopsy revealed his cause of death wasn’t strangulation, but underlying health conditions, heart disease, potential intoxicants, the combined effort of being restrained. Therefore, Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
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Since the video of the fatal incident with George Floyd began to circulate, thousands of protesters have stood outside Chauvin’s home, protesting loudly. On Friday (May 29), Derek Chauvin was arrested and taken into custody, and it looks as if his wife, Kellie Chauvin, wasted no time distancing herself from her husband’s controversy.
“This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” Kellie Chauvin’s attorneys said. “While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.”