Kellie Chauvin, wife of the disgraced former police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, has filed for divorce.
As per reports, Kellie’s decision comes in the light of her husband, Derek Chauvin, having been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on May 29.
Chauvin was filmed kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a man arrested for suspected forgery in Minneapolis. Despite Floyd pleading that he couldn’t breathe and ‘that everything hurt’ – he was on the ground in handcuffs at the time – Chauvin refused to relent. Floyd later died in hospital.
Since his death, protests have spread around Minneapolis and beyond. The four officers involved in Floyd’s ‘arrest’ were fired from their positions, but there have been persistent calls that they deserve to face the judicial system.
Indeed, Chauvin was eventually arrested and charged at the weekend. Inside report that his wife, Kellie, has now filed for divorce.
The lawyer described Kellie as “devastated” with Floyd’s death, adding that her “utmost sympathy lies with his family, his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy”.
The lawyer’s statement reads: “This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family… She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin.
While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.“
The FBI have been investigating the circumstances of Floyd’s death, and made the decision to charge Chauvin with murder after ‘a major development’, as per Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
George Floyd’s family, meanwhile, have issued a statement through their lawyer calling for the other three officers to be arrested and held responsible for their part in Floyd’s death, NBC have said. They also want Chauvin’s charge to be elevated to first-degree murder.
The fact that acts of brutality and racism can still happen in broad daylight in 2020 is beyond me. My thoughts and prayers are with George Floyd’s family during this terrible time.
We can’t bring back George Floyd, nor any of the other victims of police brutality, but we can push for the change we need to rid ourselves of such ignorant discrimination in the world.
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