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Derek Chauvin Moved From The Detention Facility On The Fears Of Coronavirus Since The Protesters Fill The Prisons

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Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, has been moved to a maximum-security prison for his safety.

Chauvin, who was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after a video emerged of him with his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes before he died, was originally at the Ramsey County Jail following his arrest last week.

He was later transferred to the Hennepin County Jail, but has now been moved to a department of corrections facility in Oak Park Heights.

In a press conference, Commissioner of Corrections Paul Schnell said Chauvin had been moved because of concerns about the coronavirus, as several prisons in Minnesota have seen an outbreak of the virus resulting in dozens of inmates and staff members testing positive.

According to the DOC, the Oak Parks Heights facility has “the highest custody level in the Minnesota DOC system.” The majority of inmates housed there are “maximum and close custody.”

Chauvin was fired alongside three other Minneapolis police officers after video showing Floyd’s final moments went viral. None of the other three officers have been arrested in connection to the investigation.

Floyd’s death has sparked major outrage, with protests across the U.S and in cities such as Paris and London.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that he has asked Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to lead any prosecutions connected to Floyd’s death.

“There have been recent developments in the facts of the case where the help and expertise of the Attorney General would be valuable,” Freeman said.

The date of Chauvin‘s first court appearance to face the charges has not yet been set.

In this handout provided by Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin poses for a mugshot after being charged with third degree murder.
Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office

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