Oakdale, MN – The wife of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin announced Friday that she was divorcing her husband just hours after he was arrested for the murder of 46-year-old George Floyd.
Attorneys from the Sekula law firm which represents Kellie Chauvin released a statement to the media on May 29.
“This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family,” the statement began. “She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. 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 statement said.
Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection with Floyd’s death during his arrest on Monday.
Officers had responded to a call about a counterfeit $20 that Floyd had allegedly used to make a purchase at a deli.
Store employees pointed out the suspect to police and they arrested him.
The complaint used to charge Chauvin said Floyd actively resisted arrest and then fought being put in the back of a police car once he had been handcuffed.
Viral cell phone video showed then-Officer Chauvin and three other officers holding Floyd on the ground.
The video showed Officer Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, during which time the suspect lost consciousness.
Chauvin remained on Floyd’s neck for almost three minutes after he was unresponsive.
Floyd was pronounced dead 90 minutes later at the hospital.
After three days of violent riots and looting that left Minneapolis and its sister city, St. Paul, in flames, the state investigative agency announced it was making a move.
Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on May 29 and held on a $500,000 bond, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced, according to WCCO.
According to charging documents, the medical examiner’s preliminary report found no physical evidence that Floyd had suffered from asphyxiation or strangulation at the hands of the Minneapolis police.
The preliminary autopsy findings indicated Floyd had died from a combination of his underlying medical problems and possible substances.
The charging documents state, “The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”
Kellie Chauvin, a former Mrs. Minnesota beauty queen, made her dramatic divorce announcement after several days of protests in front of their family’s home in the Oakdale suburb of Minneapolis.
She married her then-police officer husband, who was a member of the Minneapolis police force for 19 years, in 2010, the Daily Mail reported.
Chauvin encountered his future wife, who worked at Hennepin County Medical Center, when he accompanied a suspect into her facility on duty, the Daily Mail reported.
He returned later to ask her out and the future-Mrs. Chauvin said yes.
Kellie Chauvin raved about how wonderful her husband was in interviews surrounding her successful bid for Mrs. Minnesota in 2018, the Daily Mail reported.
“Under all that uniform, he’s just a softie,” the officer’s wife told reporters. “He’s such a gentleman. He still opens the door for me, still puts my coat on for me. After my divorce, I had a list of must-haves if I were ever to be in a relationship, and he fit all of them.”
Kellie Chauvin has two children from a previous marriage but the Chauvins had no children together, the Daily Mail reported.
Her family fled war in Laos in 1977 and went to a refugee camp in Thailand before immigrating to the United States in 1980 and settled in Wisconsin, according to The Washington Times.
She said her parents married her off to an older man she did not know when she was only 17, and it was an abusive relationship.
The still-young woman divorced her first husband after 10 years and moved to Minnesota where she eventually married then-Officer Chauvin, The Washington Times reported.