Prosecutors upgraded charge for Derek Chauvin to second degree murder and charged the others with aiding and abetting


SUAB HMONG NEWS (06/03/2020) – Prosecutors in Minnesota upgraded charge Derek Chauvin to second degree murder and charged others three officers with aiding and abetting on June 3, 2020.

Look at record history of each officers:

Dereck Chavin:  44-year-old initially studied cooking before taking courses in law enforcement and doing two stints in the Army as a military police officer in the late 1990s, serving at Fort Benning, Georgia, and in Germany.

Chauvin became a Minneapolis police officer in 2001. A record that included medals for bravery and 17 complaints against him and the lone reprimand in his file involved a 2007 incident when he was accused of pulling a woman out of her car after stopping her for going 10 mph (16 kph) over the speed limit. Investigators found it was not necessary for Chauvin to remove the woman from the car and noted that his squad car video was turned off during the stop.

But Chauvin was also singled out for bravery. Files show he won two medals of valor, one in 2006 for being part of a group of officers who opened fire on a stabbing suspect who pointed a shotgun at them, and another in 2008 for a domestic violence incident in which Chauvin broke down a bathroom door and shot a suspect in the stomach.

He also won medals of commendation in 2008 after he and his partner tackled a fleeing suspect who had a pistol in his hand, and in 2009 for single-handedly apprehending a group of gang members while working as an off-duty security guard at the El Nuevo Rodeo, a Minneapolis nightclub.

Tou Thao: Eleven-year veteran and native Hmong speaker Tou Thao began as a community service officer was the subject of six complaints.

Thomas Lane: A former juvenile detention guard who did volunteer work with Somali refugees.

Alexander Kueng: Got his start in law enforcement by patrolling his college campus and a department store.