Derek Chauvin looks disheveled in jail jumpsuit as he’s put on suicide watch & kept separate over fears he may be killed

Derek Chauvin looks disheveled in jail jumpsuit as he’s put on suicide watch & kept separate over fears he may be killed

April 21, 2021

DEREK Chauvin looked disheveled in his latest mugshot as he was placed on suicide watch in a maximum security prison and separated from his fellow inmates over fears he'll be killed, reports say.

The 45-year-old former cop faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in jail after he was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd on all counts on Tuesday following a three-week trial.

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Sentencing is due to take place in eight weeks time, Judge Peter Cahill said, and after the ruling, Chauvin was pictured looking downcast in his orange jumpsuit.

On Wednesday, it emerged that the disgraced cop had been placed a separate unit from the general prison population at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights a day after the landmark trial.

A department spokesperson told CNN's Jim Sciutto: “Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern."

Yesterday evening, Chauvin's bail was immediately revoked and he was taken out of the courtroom in cuffs after the verdict was read out.

His face concealed by a face mask and little reaction could be seen from Chauvin but his eyes darted wildly around the room as he was led away.

On Tuesday night, the Minnesota Department of Corrections said Chauvin was taken to a maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights – 25 miles east of Minneapolis.

Oak Park Heights is the state's only Level Five maximum security prison and it is regarded as one of the safest for high-risk offenders.

No one has ever escaped the prison since it opened in 1982 and only one inmate has been killed inside.

Chauvin will be considered a suicide risk and he will be closely monitored for his own safety, Daily Mail reports. 

As a former cop, he is also understood to be at risk from other inmates and could be killed.

Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday.

The racially diverse jury – anonymous and sequestered from the outside world – deliberated for around 10-and-a-half hours before reaching their verdict.

As each of the charges against Chauvin was separate, jurors had to reach a separate verdict for each count. They had to conclude Chauvin's actions were a "substantial causal factor" in Floyd’s death and that his use of force was unreasonable.

The second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, the third-degree murder charge a maximum of 25 years and the second-degree manslaughter charge a maximum of 10 years.

Chauvin is currently facing a maximum of 75 years behind bars but prosecutors previously said they would be seeking enhanced sentences for all convictions.

Prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell said Tuesday's verdict sends out the message that Floyd's "life mattered".

"Now, no verdict can bring George Perry Floyd back to us, but this verdict does give a message to his family that he was somebody, that his life mattered, that all of our lives matter. And that's important," he said.

"I also hope that this verdict, for all of the rest of collective, all of us, will help us further along the road toward a better humanity."

Following the guilty verdict, President Joe Biden said the United States must deliver "real change" for black Americans.

"This can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America," Biden said during a press conference at the White House.

But he said the guilty verdict is "too rare" and "not enough".

"It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off the whole world to see," Biden said.

"Systemic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul."

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who has been working with the Floyd family, released a statement on Tuesday evening, declaring: "Justice has arrived."

"GUILTY! Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd’s family," Crump wrote.

"This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement. Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!"

Floyd's brother, Rodney, told MSNBC he was overwhelmed with emotional at the trial's outcome.

"I'm feeling tears of joy, so emotional," Rodney said. "This right here is for everyone that's been in this situation. Everybody, everybody."

Floyd's girlfriend, Courteney Ross, called Tuesday a "huge day for the world".

“We’re finally starting to see. We walked around with eyes wide shut for a long time, so they’re starting to open today, and this is going to be the first in a future of change," she told CNN.

"For me, it means that my friends and people that have also lost loved ones now have a chance to get their cases reopened."

Former President Barack Obama expressed his relief in a statement on Twitter, insisting the jury "did the right thing".

"But true justice requires much more," Obama wrote.

"Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied."

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was "glad justice was served" for Floyd's family.

"However, a guilty verdict doesn’t mean the persistent problem of police misconduct is solved. We'll keep working for meaningful change," Schumer pledged.

During the three-week trial, prosecutors set out to prove that Chauvin acted recklessly when he knelt down on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds during an arrest on Memorial Day last year.

That neck restraint, prosecutors argued, was the direct cause of Floyd's death and laid out evidence that he died from low levels of oxygen.

The defense, meanwhile, countered that Chauvin had acted within reason by restraining Floyd, who they claimed had been non-compliant and under the influence of drugs.

During closing arguments on Monday, prosecutor Steve Schleicher argued Chauvin had violated his sworn police oath to protect and serve the community when he knelt down on Floyd's neck.

"The motto of the Minneapolis Police Department is to protect with courage. And to serve with compassion. But George Floyd was not a threat to anyone. He was not trying to hurt anyone. He was not trying to do anything to anyone," he said,

"For 9 minutes and 29 seconds. He begged, George Floyd begged until he could speak no more, and the defendant continued. This assault. When he was unable to speak, the defendant continued. 

"When he was unable to breathe the defendant continued. Beyond the point that he had a pulse. Beyond the point that he had a pulse, the defendant continued this assault. Nine minutes and 29 seconds."

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