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$500,000 bond set for ex-officer arrested for murder in George Floyd death; wife files for divorce

Mugshot of Derek Chauvin
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Mugshot of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd.
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Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, seen with his knee on George Floyd’s neck.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Bail was set at $500,000 for the now-former Minneapolis officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe.

Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to the criminal complaint filed in the 4th Judicial District Court of Minnesota.

Court documents obtained Friday night didn't indicate that Chauvin was out on bail, but it did indicate that if he does bond out, bail was set for $500,000.

Also Friday night, ABC News confirmed that Chauvin's wife filed for divorce.

Kellie Chauvin, through her attorney, expressed condolences to Floyd's family and said she had filed for dissolution of her marriage.

Mugshot of Derek Chauvin
(Mugshot of Derek Chauvin)

Her husband was taken into custody by state investigators a short time before Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges.

“The defendant had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive,” according to the criminal complaint filed by Freeman against Chauvin.

Read further details of the criminal complaint by clicking here.

"The investigation is ongoing," Freeman said, adding that he anticipated charges against the other three officers involved in the incident."We entrust our police officers to use certain amounts of force to do their job to protect us. They commit a criminal act if they use this force unreasonably."

There was no immediate comment from Chauvin's attorney or the Minneapolis Police Union.

Chauvin's arrest came Friday morning as fires continued to burn from violent protests overnight as demonstrators demanded justice for Floyd.

There had been three nights of protests, which escalated in violence as some protesters torched a police precinct that had been abandoned by officers.

News of the arrest also came after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged the “abject failure” of the response to this week’s protests and called for swift justice for the officers involved in Floyd's death.

Walz said the state would take over the response to the protests and added it was time to show respect and dignity to those who are suffering.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. This cop had been investigated 18 times. Let off scot free every time. Those other cops at the scene had also been accused of abuses. Guess who was the DA that refused to fire these guys? Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) Now some of you have accused Re pubs of being racist without any proof. But here is your own demo rat ignoring to prosecute abuse from a rogue white cop. Imagine that.

    1. I just crossed her off my list of decent Democrats. She’s real good at hiding her true persona. I’m sure Joe has crossed her off the possible VP pick list. If she let this piece of garbage slide, she needs to go to jail with him.

          1. Hey quick question for the leading hypocrite. If you are so outraged by the dirty cop in Minneapolis, why are you showing the same outrage for the KING of dirty cops James Comey. I mean he didn’t commit murder but he did commit treason and is responsible for putting innocent people in jail. His day is coming but if you are outraged by dirty cops he should be second on the list.

    1. Mark, did you forget about the Civil War? The whole war was because of the democrats not wanting to free the slaves. Of course it can be by party affiliation. It has been that for a long long time. KKK were and are democrats. Reconstruction was stopped by the democrats. Reconstruction during President Grant was helping the freed slaves to get education, healthcare, independence, gain employment and become self dependent and even vote. All stopped by the democrats when a democrat president came into power and has not been the same since. Individual character to be a racist is epitomized by the democrat party.

      1. No its true. The Democrats of the south were responsible for the continuing slavery problem. The beginning of the KKK was ushered in by Democrats in the south after the civil war. Southern Democrats were the racist party right up until the time Lyndon Johnson shamed them into going along with him to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After that the Democrats slowly became the party affiliated with civil rights and amazingly as this evolved, the Republican Party who originally championed emancipation, became the party that opposed civil rights. Most of this change came about during Johnson’s administration. The parties seemed to have just switched ideologies.

        1. Well you got half of that right. The democrats have always been the racist party are still the racist party and always will be the racist party. What’s left of them anyway. Walk away! I know it’s hard for you to accept pedophile but it’s true.

  2. Here we go with the slavery BS and the Cainstitition garbage. Let me redirect all these demented folk. A black man, one of hundreds and perhaps thousands, was brutally murdered by a white racist officer. The only reason he’s behind bars is because of social media. No wonder they resist body cams.

      1. Look what’s happening around the country. Buildings destroyed. Communities destroyed. The White House under attack. These are the criminals that you people support. These are paid crisis actors that don’t even know what they are rioting for and these are YOUR people supported and funded by Liberal anti-America Billionaires. Congrats. You’ve succeeded in destroying America.

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