Derrick Chauvin who was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for killing George Floyd last month, is now being accused of excessive force stemming from an incident in September of 2017 that was caught on video.
Chauvin, 45, is being accused of hitting a black boy and kneeling on him for almost 17 minutes after the boy refused to get on the ground during an arrest.
Information about the alleged incident circulated throughout news media outlets that Chauvin and other officers responded to a 911 call from a woman who reported that her than 14-year-old son and daughter had attacked her at her home in 2017.
According to documents filed by Matthew Frank, a state prosecutor in Minneapolis Mn, after the boy refused to get on the ground, Chauvin supposedly hit the boy in the head with his flashlight and then put his hands around the boy’s throat and hit him again with the flashlight.
“Those videos show a far more violent and forceful treatment of this child than Chauvin describes in his report [of the incident],” Franks wrote in the report.
Minnesota state prosecutors apparently had the video last year as they prepared their case against Chauvin for killing Floyd. Although Chauvin was never charged in the alleged 2017, state prosecutors wanted to present the incident during Chauvin’s trial but the judge denied the request.
In his report Frank wrote Chauvin “applied a neck restraint, causing the child to lose consciousness and go to the ground. Chauvin and [the other officer] placed [the teenager] in the prone position and handcuffed him behind his back while the teenager’s mother pleaded with them not to kill her son.”
Frank added, “About a minute after going to the ground, the child began repeatedly telling the officers that he could not breathe, and his mother told Chauvin to take his knee off her son.”
The boy was charged with domestic assault and obstruction and was transported to the hospital by Paramedics. It’s being reported that the boy was bleeding from his ear.
“As was true with the conduct with George Floyd, Chauvin rapidly escalated his use of force for a relatively minor offense. Just like with Floyd, Chauvin used an unreasonable amount of force without regard for the need for that level of force or the victim’s well-being,” Frank wrote.
Frank further added, “Just like with Floyd, when the child was slow to comply with Chauvin and [the other officer’s] instructions, Chauvin grabbed the child by the throat, forced him to the ground in the prone position, and placed his knee on the child’s neck with so much force that the child began to cry out in pain and tell Chauvin he could not breathe.”
ABC is reporting that The U.S. Justice Department is looking into bringing charges against Chauvin who is currently sitting in prison in Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights