George Floyd – Full history of allegations against ‘killer’ cops laid bare as new vid shows TWO officers kneeling on him – The Sun

RECORDS have revealed numerous former complaints against police involved in the death of George Floyd as new footage shows at least two of them kneeling on him as he gasped for air.

All four officers present at Floyd's arrest were fired after video of the incident went viral following his death on Monday.




The original clip, in which most of Floyd's body was obscured by a car, showed one officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on his neck as Floyd told him: "I can't breathe."

Floyd died a short time later after suffering what police called a "medical incident", sparking a wave of protests and unrest over what is just the latest death of an unarmed black man involving police.

New footage shot from the opposite side of the car has now shown at least one other officer appearing to kneel on Floyd's torso and he struggles to breathe.

Records have also revealed that at least two of the officers have been the subject of numerous complaints about their conduct in the past.

Derek Chauvin, the man seen kneeling on Floyd's neck, has served with Minneapolis police for 19 years, and has been involved in numerous incidents involving the use of force and requiring investigations.

In 2006, he was one of a number of officers who pursued suspect Wayne Reyes when he fled a multiple stabbing in Minneapolis using a truck.

Reyes later stopped the truck and exited holding a shotgun, at which point several officers fired "multiple shots", killing Reyes.

All of the officers were placed on paid leave pending an investigation, as is standard protocol, and the outcome of the investigation is not known.

Also in 2006, he was one of several officers named in a federal suit launched by a prisoner at Minnesota Correctional Facility but later dismissed.

DEREK CHAUVIN POLICE RECORD

Derek Chauvin, the man seen kneeling on George Floyd's neck, has served with Minneapolis police for 19 years, and has been involved in numerous incidents involving the use of force and requiring investigations.

2006

  • Present when stabbing suspect Wayne Reyes was shot dead after exiting a truck holding a shotgun.
  • Named in a federal suit filed by a prison inmate but later dismissed.

2008

  • Shot domestic violence suspect Ira Latrell Toles, 21, twice during a struggle.

2011

  • Arrived at scene after Leroy Martinez, 23, was shot dead for drawing his gun near a playground.

Chauvin has been the subject of 18 complaints about his conduct over the course of his career. The details of each are not known, but two were closed following a letter of reprimand.

The owner of a club where Chauvin previously worked as a bouncer has also said he had a "short fuse" and would resort to pepper spraying people when it was not warranted.

In 2008, he entered a struggle with 21-year-old Ira Latrell Toles after responding with another officer to a report of domestic violence.

During the encounter, Toles allegedly grabbed at Chauvin's gun, at which point Chauvin shot him twice at close range.

Toles survived and Chauvin was again placed on paid leave pending an investigation, the outcome of which is not clear.

Speaking to the Daily Best this week, Toles said of Chauvin: “If he was reprimanded when he shot me, George Floyd would still be alive”.

In 2011, Chauvin arrived at the scene after 23-year-old Leroy Martinez was shot by another officer for drawing his gun near a playground and ignoring commands to drop it.

Chauvin didn't fired his weapon, but was placed on three-day administrative leave pending an investigation.

Tim Dolan, the Minneapolis Police Chief, later said that officers involved had behaved "appropriately and courageously".

Records from the Minneapolis Police Department's Internal Affairs Division show Chauvin has been the subject of 18 complaints about his conduct, CNN reported.

No details about the complaints have been released, but only two are listed as having been "closed with discipline".

The "discipline issued" recorded in each case was a letter of reprimand.

The owner of a club where Chauvin previously worked as a bouncer has also said he had a "short fuse" and was often heavy-handed.

TAO THOU POLICE RECORD

Tao Thou, another of the officers present at Floyd's arrest, has also been the subject of complaints about his conduct.

2017

  • Sued by Lamar Ferguson, another African-American, for excessive use of force during an arrest.
  • Allegedly punched and kicked Ferguson after stopping him for looking 'suspicious'
  • Civil suit over the incident settled out of court for $25,000.

Thao has been the subject of at least six complaints concerning his conduct, five of which resulted in no disciplinary action and one of which remains open.

Speaking to KSTP-TV, Maya Santamaria, former owner of the El Nuevo Rodeo, said Chauvin "always resorted to pulling out his mace and pepper spraying everybody right away, even if I felt it was unwarranted".

Tou Thao, another of the officers present at Floyd's arrest, was sued by another African-American in 2017 for excessive use of force during an arrest.

Lamar Ferguson, now 33, told the Sun he was stopped by Thao while walking with his pregnant fiancee for looking "suspicious".

Ferguson was then allegedly punched and kicked after putting put in handcuffs, later require hospital treatment for broken teeth as well as damage to his face, back, and shoulders.

A civil suit brought by Ferguson was settled out of court for $25,000.

Thao has been the subject of at least six complaints concerning his conduct, five of which resulted in no disciplinary action and one of which remains open.

The other two officers present, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, have not been the subject of any complaints, CNN reported.

Lane is reported to have joined the force as a cadet in March 2019, while no details of J Alexander Kueng's service are yet known.





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