Officer charged with killing George Floyd got medals for valor and drew complaints

June 4, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP)–A Minneapolis police officer who used his knee to pin down George Floyd’s neck before his death had a record that included both medals for bravery and 17 complaints against him.

New details about Derek Chauvin (pictured) and the other three now-fired officers emerged Wednesday after prosecutors upgraded Chauvin’s charge to second-degree murder and charged the others with aiding and abetting.

Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the force, was reprimanded in 2007 for pulling a woman out of her car for going 10 mph over the speed limit.

He also won two medals of valor, including one in 2006 for being part of a group of officers who opened fire on a stabbing suspect who pointed a shotgun at them.