EXCLUSIVE: Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin set to appear in court Monday on George Floyd murder charge after spending the weekend at high-security Minnesota jail on suicide watch
- Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter for the death of George Floyd, which has sparked violent protests
- Chauvin was on suicide watch at Ramsey County Adult Detention Center
- Minnesota jail was guarded by police marksmen and barbed wire barriers
- Floyd, 46, died on Memorial Day in police custody after being arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill
- A video of his arrest shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes until he passed out and later died
Derek Chauvin will make his first court appearance Monday in the death of George Floyd after spending the weekend locked in solitary confinement in a heavily fortified Minnesota jail guarded by police marksmen and barbed wire barriers, DailyMail.com can reveal.
SWAT teams armed with rifles and binoculars kept lookout from the rooftop of the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center while a phalanx of Sheriff’s Deputies stood guard behind hastily erected steel fences.
Chauvin was held there Friday through Sunday because of the carnage unfolding outside jail facilities in Minneapolis, where he will make his first appearance at the Hennepin County Courthouse at 1pm Monday.
Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, which has sparked violent protests
Chauvin was on suicide watch at Ramsey County Adult Detention Center
Ramsey County deputies took no chances, sealing off the area with concrete bomb-proof barriers and mounting round the clock patrols in case protesters decided to target the jail in downtown Saint Paul.
But despite demonstrators running amok across large swathes of the Twin Cities, the expected onslaught never happened and authorities were able to quietly transfer Chauvin to downtown Minneapolis Sunday afternoon.
TMZ reported that Chauvin has a camera focused on him all day and and cops check on his cell in person every 15 minutes.
Such checks said to be common in such a high-profile case.
It has not been revealed whether the 44-year-old ex-cop, charged with the third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of unarmed Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nine agonizing minutes, will appear in person or via video link.
Ramsey County Deputies took no chances, sealing off the area with concrete bomb-proof barriers
Hennepin County has two facilities for adult inmates within Minneapolis but authorities have not released specifics about where he is being housed, stating only that Chauvin is at a ‘public safety facility’.
The disgraced former lawman is yet to post the $50,000 bond needed to get out of jail after bail was set Friday at $500,000.
He has two properties, one in the leafy Oakdale suburb of Saint Paul, the other in Windermere, Florida, worth that amount combined.
However DailyMail.com understands the homes are jointly owned by his beauty pageant winner wife Kellie, 45, who would likely resist any attempt to use them as surety after vowing Friday to divorce her husband of ten years.
SWAT teams armed with rifles and binoculars kept lookout from the rooftop of the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center
The Minnesota jail was guarded by police marksmen and barbed wire barriers
Kellie Chauvin released a statement on behalf of her 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,’ it read.
On Sunday, Minnesotta Attorney General Keith Ellison says he expects Chauvin to face additional charges.
‘Let me say that we are very early in this process, very early. It is not uncommon to amend charges. It is not uncommon to add defendants,’ Ellison said Sunday, when asked how satisfied he was with the charges already filed after the incident during an interview with Fox News.
‘The fact is that the investigation is still going on and it actually, it’s actually in the middle of the investigation, or maybe even the beginning of the middle, he explains.
Deputies stood guard behind hastily erected steel fences with some marksmen on the roof
‘And so I don’t want anyone to conclude that these are all the charges that are going be there.’
Footage emerged last Monday of Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on the neck of Floyd until he passed out and later died, sparking outrage over police brutality and setting off the protests across the nation.
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.
Floyd was then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
George Floyd’s (pictured) heartbroken family have called white cop Derek Chauvin to be charged with a more serious crime than third-degree murder after their lawyer revealed that Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a staggering eight minutes during the arrest for forgery
Since then, protesters and Floyd’s family have called for the arrests of former officers Kueng, Lane and Thao and for a more serious charge to be brought against Chauvin.
As the protesting has continued, mayors of several cities and other officials blamed small groups and outsiders for escalating the violence.
Protesters and Floyd’s family continue to call for the arrests of former officers Kueng, Lane and Tou Thao and for a more serious charge to be brought against Chauvin.
‘We call on authorities to revise the charges [against Chauvin] to reflect the culpability of this officer,’ a statement from the family Friday said.
‘We fully expect to see the other officers who did nothing to protect the life of George Floyd to be arrested and charged soon.’
George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Memorial Day as he was arrested by four police officers over allegedly trying to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. He was seen in a video pleading that he couldn’t breathe as white officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck
The criminal complaint filed against Chauvin Friday also cited the preliminary findings from a Tuesday autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner which saw ‘no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxiation or strangulation’.
‘Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease,’ said the complaint from the Hennepin County Attorney.
‘The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.’
The full medical examiner’s report is pending but Floyd’s family have hired the services of former New York medical officer Dr. Michael Baden to perform a second independent autopsy.
They are unhappy with the findings from the county medical examiner that they claim create an ‘illusion’ of underlying health conditions being responsible for his death.