Derek Chauvin’s wife filing for divorce, report says

Hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with the murder of George Floyd, his wife announced that she is divorcing him, WCCO-TV reported Friday night.

According to WCCO, Kellie Chauvin released a statement through her attorney saying, “She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death,” sends condolences to his family and is divorcing Derek Chauvin.

She also asks that her family — her children from another marriage, her elderly parents and her extended family — be given safety and privacy.

Kellie Chauvin, who was profiled in the Pioneer Press in 2018, is a Laotian refugee who became the first Hmong Mrs. Minnesota. She told the Pioneer Press that she met Derek Chauvin when he dropped off a suspect at a Minneapolis hospital where she worked.

“Under that uniform, he’s just a softie,” the Oakdale resident said in the profile. “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.”

On Memorial Day, Derek Chauvin was seen on a bystander’s video pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd, who was suspected of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a South Minneapolis grocery, is seen handcuffed and lying face-down while he pleads: “Please, I can’t breathe.” He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

DEVELOPING: A lawyer has issued a statement from the wife of the now-arrested and charged former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and she said she has filed for divorce. |

— WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) May 30, 2020

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