Officers of Color Were Barred from Guarding Derek Chauvin's Jail Cell, Complaint Alleges

Officers of Color Were Barred from Guarding Derek Chauvin's Jail Cell, Complaint Alleges

June 22, 2020



Chauvin became nationally known earlier this month when a video of Floyd being arrested by Minneapolis police officers went viral on social media, sparking widespread horror.

In the video, Chauvin can be seen with his knee firmly placed on the back of Floyd's neck. Floyd was handcuffed and lying on his stomach next to a Minneapolis patrol car.

Other officers held Floyd down, with Chauvin placing his weight on Floyd's neck with his left knee.

For minutes, Floyd can be heard in the video groaning in pain while bystanders plead with Chauvin to let up. Throughout the video, he repeatedly asks for help. He tells the officers that he cannot breathe and says that "everything hurts." The video continued even after Floyd was visibly still.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chauvin, 44, was initially charged with third-degree murder. The charges were later upgraded to include second-degree unintentional murder and manslaughter. He has not entered a plea, and will return to court on June 29. His attorney did not immediately return PEOPLE's call for comment.

Chauvin has since been moved. After the officers filed their discrimination lawsuit, a spokesman for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office told the Star-Tribune that Lydon had been temporarily removed from his position as the claim moves forward.

PEOPLE was unable to immediately reach Lydon and the complaint does not name an attorney authorized to speak on his behalf.

To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:

  • Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
  • ColorofChange.org works to make the government more responsive to racial disparities.
  • National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help Black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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