related George Floyd death: 'killer cop' Derek Chauvin's wife files for divorce from him

George Floyd death: 'killer cop' Derek Chauvin's wife files for divorce from him

The wife of the fired Minneapolis Police officer who has been arrested and charged in the death of George Floyd has filed for divorce.

Kellie Chauvin, a former Miss Minnesota winner, through her attorney, expressed condolences to the family of the black man who was killed while pleading for air as the officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes during an arrest.




The former beauty queen said she devastated by Floyd's death and has filed for dissolution of her marriage, ABC reports.


Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death. His bail was set for $500,000.

Three other officers were fired in connection to Floyd's death, but they have not been taken into custody or charged as of Friday night.

"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, the attorney said.

"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.".

Floyd's death in Minneapolis has sparked an explosion of anger across cities in the US, with thousands taking to the streets to protest his killing and police brutality in general against African Americans.



Early on Saturday, Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency to activate the state National Guard in Atlanta, while another 500 Guard soldiers were mobilized in Minneapolis and surrounding cities.

The Guard was also on standby in the District of Columbia, where a crowd grew outside the White House and chanted curses at Donald Trump.

Some protesters tried to push through barriers set up by the Secret Service along Pennsylvania Avenue, and threw bottles and other objects at officers wearing riot gear, who responded with pepper spray.

A person was killed in downtown Detroit just before midnight after someone in an SUV fired shots into a crowd of protesters near the city's Greektown entertainment district, police said.

In Portland, Oregon, protesters broke into police headquarters on Friday night and authorities said they lit a fire inside.

In Virginia's capital, a police cruiser was set on fire outside Richmond police headquarters, and a city transit spokeswoman said a bus set ablaze was “a total loss", news outlets reported.


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