Protesters gathered outside the home of the white former police officer who was filmed pinning a black man to the ground by his neck before dying moments later in police custody
Derek Chauvin, 44, knelt on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes during his arrest on Monday, despite the man begging him to stop and bystanders warning him he was ‘killing’ him.
People descended on his home Wednesday and scrawled the word ‘Murderer’ on his driveway, as protests over Floyd’s death entered the second day in Minneapolis.
A sign was propped up at the end of his driveway reading ‘People don’t kill people, cops do’ as calls mounted for the fired cop to face murder charges over Floyd’s death.
video taken by a bystander on Monday showed Floyd struggling to breathe on the ground as Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes.
Floyd, who was arrested on suspicion of forgery on Monday night, was heard repeatedly saying he could not breathe as he lay on the ground next to the tire of a squad car.
‘Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man,’ Floyd, who is shirtless, begs the cop.
The officer repeatedly tells him ‘Well get up and get in the car then,’ while he continues to pin Floyd to the ground.
Floyd responds ‘I will’ but the cop continues to hold him to the ground by his neck.
‘My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts,’ Floyd is heard gasping at one point, before saying he needs water.
After several minutes, one of the officers tells him to ‘relax.’
This followed an investigation in 2008 over Chauvin’s involvement in the shooting of Ira Latrell Toles during a domestic assault call.
Toles was wounded after police said he went for an officer’s gun and Chauvin shot him.
Two years earlier Chauvin was one of six cops investigated when Wayne Reyes, 42 was killed by officers.
Reyes had allegedly pulled a shotgun on the officers.
Chauvin is said to be represented by lawyer Tom Kelly. He was Jeronimo Yavez’ attorney after the Minnesota police officer fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in 2016.
emerged Wednesday that Chauvin has been involved in a series of other use-of-force incidents, including being investigated for his role in three separate police shootings – one of which was fatal.
In 2011, 23-year-old Leroy Martinez was shot and injured during a chase given by officers including Chauvin.