DEREK Chauvin is reportedly “effectively on suicide watch” subject to 24/7 surveillance as he remains in custody after being charged with murdering George Floyd.
TMZ reported Saturday that Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, has a camera focused on him all day and and cops check on his cell in person every 15 minutes.
It adds that Chauvin, who was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday, is under constant surveillance and is in isolation in Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He remains in a single cell in a part of the facility set aside for high-profile cases.
He is reportedly being held in a cell for 23 hours a day with just one hour of recreation time in an enclosed area.
Chauvin’s wife, Kellie Chauvin, has filed for divorce following his arrest and is said to be distraught over Floyd’s death.
‘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,’ the Sekula Law Offices, PLLC said in a statement on behalf of Kellie Chauvin and her family.
The ex-cop only has access to books, pencils and paper and has a bed bolted to the floor with a sewn in pillow.
Jail staff are reportedly unaware of any direct threats to Chauvin’s life – but are taking no chances amid protests and riots over the case.
Chauvin was charged over a now infamous video of him kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck shortly before he died during an arrest in Minneapolis.
He was detaining the 46-year-old dad-of-six on suspicion of forgery and pinned him to the floor next to the rear wheel of a squad car with his knee.
Mr Floyd is repeatedly heard saying he cannot not breathe, shouting “please, please” and “mama, mama”.
He then goes silent and appears to go limp as Chauvin continues to press his knee onto his neck.
The man – described as a “gentle giant” by his family – is then taken away by paramedics and was later pronounced dead.