Does Derek Chauvin have a violent past?

THE world is on edge as the verdict is set to be read in the murder and manslaughter case against former-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin is infamous for his arrest of George Floyd last May, where he was seen pressing his knee against Floyd's neck for nine minutes.

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Does Derek Chauvin have a violent past?

The former cop has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.

However, Chauvin's violent involvement in Floyd's arrest last May wasn't his first time complaint.

Since joining the Minneapolis police force in 2001, Chauvin has had 18 complaints filed against him, only two of which were "closed with discipline," CNN reported.

A database that documents instances of police brutality listed seven complaints against Chauvin that have all been “closed” and resulted in “no discipline."

Other reports documented his involvement in multiple violent and deadly cases of police abuse.


According to CNN, in 2006, Chauvin and five other officers shot and killed a man who had stabbed his girlfriend and a friend.


Two years later, he was reportedly involved in an altercation with an individual suspected of a domestic dispute in which Chauvin shot the man twice – though the man survived.


In 2011, Chauvin was placed on a three-day leave, along with four other officers, for his involvement in the non-fatal shooting of an indigenous man, The Daily Beast reported.

The officers were allowed back to work after it was determined they responded “appropriately".

Five more complaints made against Chauvin prior to 2012 have also been closed and resulted in no disciplinary action.

In 2020, Mylan Masson, a retired Minneapolis Park police officer and police training expert, told NBC News the amount of grievances against Chauvin in his 19 years on the police force is “a little bit higher than normal”. 

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