The wife of the Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who is charged with the murder of George Floyd, is now filing for divorce, according to her attorneys.
The woman identified as Kellie Chauvin is reportedly devastated by the death of the man whom her husband allegedly killed.
“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. 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.” the Sekula Law Office said in a statement Friday night.
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd on Friday. More arrests and charges are anticipated, according to Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman.
Video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee pressed into Floyd’s neck set off widespread protests across the U.S. this week since his death on Monday. Many of those protests have turned chaotic and violent in cities like Minneapolis, New York City, Atlanta and several others.
The African-American man died in police custody last Monday after Chauvin knelt on his neck for minutes despite the consistent cries of “I can’t breath”.