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"A Murderer Lives Here": Protesters Brand Home Of White Cop Derek Chauvin Who Knelt On George Floyd's Neck

By: TCF Reporter | On: May 28, 2020

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.

Other demonstrators carried signs and wore T-shirts reading 'I can't breathe' - some of the last words Floyd said as he begged the police officer for his life. Some held signs reading 'Black Lives Matter' and pictures of Floyd as they marched on the property, They were then met by a wall of police officers who had set up security around Chauvin's home.


Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the force, was fired Tuesday after footage surfaced online of Floyd's arrest, The 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.

In the footage, shared by onlooker Darnella Frazier, multiple witnesses were also heard arguing with the two cops over their excessive use of force.

'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.' 

'Man, I can't breathe,' Floyd responds, before eventually passing out.


An ambulance then arrives and police officers move the man's limp body onto a stretcher.

City officials formally identified Chauvin as one of the four fired police officers Wednesday alongside Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng.
    

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Wednesday joined calls from the victim's family to arrest and charge Chauvin for his role in the incident.

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