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The wife of Derek Chauvin, the arrested and charged former Minneapolis police officer at the center of George Floyd’s death, is seeking a divorce, local outlet WCCO-TV reported Friday night.
According to WCCO, Kellie Chauvin released a statement through her attorney saying, “She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death,” and her “utmost sympathy lies with his family.”
“She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” her 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,” they added.
Kellie Chauvin, a Laotian refugee who became the first Hmong Mrs. Minnesota is quoted to have told the Pioneer Press in 2018, that she met Derek Chauvin when he dropped off a suspect at a Minneapolis hospital where she worked.
“Under that uniform, he’s just a softie,” the Oakdale resident said in the profile. “He’s such a gentleman. He still opens the door for me, still puts my coat on for me. After my divorce, I had a list of must-haves if I were ever to be in a relationship, and he fit all of them.”
On Memorial Day, Derek Chauvin was seen on a bystander’s video pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd, who was suspected of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a South Minneapolis grocery, is seen handcuffed and lying face-down while he pleads: “Please, I can’t breathe.” He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced in a press conference on Friday afternoon. He revealed that prosecutors were still reviewing the evidence and indicated there could be further charges brought against Chauvin and three other officers involved in Floyd’s death.
Floyd’s family later issued a statement, calling for more serious charges against Chauvin.
“The arrest of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the brutal killing of George Floyd is a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice. We expected a first-degree murder charge. We want a first-degree murder charge,” the family said through their attorney, Ben Crump.
“And we want to see the other officers arrested,” the statement added. “We call on authorities to revise these charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer. The pain that the black community feels over this murder and what it reflects about the treatment of black people in America is raw and is spilling out on to the streets across America.”