Derek Chauvin's wife Kellie announced on Friday that she is seeking to end her 10-year marriage.
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The former Minneapolis police officer, who was seen placing his knee on the back of George Floyd's neck shortly before he passed away, faces a family crisis after being fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Derek Chauvin's wife Kellie announced on Friday that she is seeking to end her 10-year marriage. Following the tragic death of Floyd, Kellie has been very distraught over the man's death and so she filed for divorce, according to her lawyers. In a statement on behalf of Kellie Chauvin and her family, the Sekula Law Offices, PLLC said, "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."
Kellie, who was born in Laos, was crowned Mrs. Minnesota back in 2018, according to CBS. "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," continued the statement. Kellie Chauvin was first married when she was 18 and had two kids from that marriage, reports PEOPLE. She moved to Minnesota after splitting up with her previous husband of 10 years, who has since died.
She landed a job at the Hennepin County Medical Center, where she met Cauvin, with whom she has no kids. "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," continued reading the statement. A report by Snopes revealed that false reports about Kellie Chauvin's brother being involved in the death of Floyd had emerged. "Tou Thao is NOT Ms. Chauvin’s brother. I would GREATLY appreciate help putting that rumor to rest," said Kellie's divorce lawyer Amanda Mason-Sekula. "Her family has been harassed and threatened based on multiple incorrect reports."
44-year-old Chauvin, who has served the Minneapolis Police Department for over 18 years, was first fired from his job and later arrested. A disturbing video shows Chavin heartlessly kneeling on George Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes before he was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead. Throughout the video, Floyd could be heard groaning in pain as Chauvin continued to put his weight on his neck. Even when the man noted, "I can't breathe" Chauvin didn't even care to move his knee from the man's neck. Floyd's repeated pleas fell on deaf ears as he continued explaining how "everything hurts" and begging the officer to remove his knee. Even after he became unresponsive Chauvin didn't move his knee and kept him pinned to the ground for at least three minutes as bystanders continued requesting the officers to help the man who was allegedly bleeding from his nose.
Before being arrested for Floyd's death, Chauvin had 18 complaints against him with the Minneapolis Police Department's Internal Affairs, reports CNN. The details of the complaints were not disclosed and only two of the 18 complaints were "closed with discipline," according to an MPD internal affairs public summary. If Chauvin is found guilty of the third-degree murder charge he could be jailed for up to 25 years and up to 10 years for the second-degree manslaughter charge. Following the unjust killing of Floyd, FBI Director Christopher Wray expressed how "people's trust in law enforcement" has "eroded" after officers fail to protect the people they are supposed to, reports CNN. In the email to his employee, he wrote, "Like most of you, I’ve watched the video images this week that ended in the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. These images are profoundly troubling, to say the very least. And it is difficult to see our communities across the country in such understandable pain."
Another portion of his mail read, "Law enforcement officers have indispensable and often dangerous jobs, but that doesn’t diminish the crucial, overarching role we play in society – to protect and serve all citizens no matter their race, creed, orientation, or station in life. This, of course, includes those citizens who are in law enforcement custody. When we fail to honor their rights, we not only tarnish the badge we wear, we completely erode the trust so many of us in law enforcement work so hard to build, particularly within minority communities. The events this past week in Minneapolis clearly illustrate just how quickly that trust can be lost. As law enforcement, we’re bound by an oath to serve all members of our community with equal compassion, professionalism, dignity, and respect. The American people should expect nothing less from us."