Derek Chauvin is a former police officer with the Minneapolis Police Department for over 18 years. On 25 MAY 2020, he was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck for eight minutes before he died. Chauvin had 18 complaints on his official record, two of which ended in discipline from the department, including official letters of reprimand. He had been involved in three police shootings, one of which was fatal.
Chauvin was arrested on 29 MAY 2020 and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, which has since been amended to include unintentional second-degree murder.