Minnesota officials released a new mugshot for ex-police officer Derek Chauvin, who was taken into custody on Tuesday as he awaits sentencing for George Floyd’s murder.
Immediately after Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill approved the prosecution’s motion to have his bail revoked. A handcuffed Chauvin was then led out of the courtroom and booked into Oak Park Heights Prison — which is a maximum-security state facility, according to the Star-Tribune.
Per the news outlet, Minnesota Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald said Chauvin is in “administrative segregation” and away from the general population due to safety concerns.
Fitzgerald said Chauvin is housed in the Administrative Control Unit — which is the state’s most secure unit.
Further, The New York Times reported that Chauvin is in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. He is allowed out of his cell for an hour for exercise, but he will be under the guards’ close watch and remain segregated from the other prisoners.
Chauvin was initially booked into the same prison in late May 2020. He was subsequently transferred to Hennepin County jail in early October, shortly before he posted a $1 million bond and was released, according to The Washington Post.
Chauvin will remain at Oak Park Heights prison pending his sentencing hearing, which a source told the Times is scheduled for June 16.
The three other former Minneapolis police officers charged in Floyd’s death, Thomas Lane, 37, J. Alexander Kueng, 26, and Tou Thao, 34, are scheduled to stand trial together on August 23. They are currently free on $750,000 bail.
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[Featured image: Derek Chauvin/Minnesota Department of Corrections]