Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota police officer accused of killing George Floyd, was reportedly moved to a maximum-security prison on Sunday afternoon.
KMSP reported that Chauvin, 44, was transported from Hennepin County jail to Oak Park Heights prison. Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell said it’s “not uncommon” to transfer inmates involved in high-profile cases.
The former Minneapolis police officer is facing third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges for killing Floyd, 46, last Monday by forcing his knee into his neck for roughly eight minutes. Chauvin and three other officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, were filmed arresting Floyd for allegedly using counterfeit money at Cup Foods.
Floyd is heard repeatedly saying he can’t breathe before losing consciousness.
Officials ultimately fired Chauvin, Lane, Kueng, and Thao in connection with last Monday’s arrest. However, Chauvin’s currently the only officer who’s criminally charged for Floyd’s death.
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[Featured image: Derek Chauvin/Hennepin County jail; George Floyd; Facebook]