The wife of the Ex-Minneapolis police officer who knelt down on the neck of George Floyd and later was arrested with the charges of third-degree murder, has filed for divorce.
Kellie Chauvin – a former Mrs Minnesota – put through the paperwork to end her marriage to Derek Chauvin on the same day he was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of Mr Floyd.
In a statement released yesterday, the Sekula Law Offices said: “This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family.
“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.”
Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested and taken into custody on Friday and his bail was set for $500,000.
The shamed cop was sacked initially after he was pictured kneeling on Floyd’s neck while arresting him for allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill at a deli.
Mr Floyd’s death sparked huge anger, with violent protests and calls for the officers involved to face murder charges.
After four days of unrest, authorities finally confirmed Chauvin had been arrested and charged.
According to the criminal complaint against Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer was said to have had his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, with nearly three minutes of the time being after Floyd had become non-responsive.
He was rushed to hospital but he couldn’t be saved.
The couple met when Derek when he took a suspect to Hennepin County Medical Center for a health check where Kellie worked as a radiologist.
In 2010 they were married.
Kellie took part in and went on to win the title of Mrs. Minnesota America in 2018 and she spoke highly of her husband-to-be.
In an interview she told the Pioneer Press: “Under all that uniform, he’s just a softie. 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.”
She had two children with her first husband, who has since died and now works as a realtor with Re/Max Results.