Derek Chauvin, the fired police officer charged in George Floyd’s death, has been transferred to a maximum-security prison in Minnesota.
At a press conference by Paul Schnell (Department of Corrections Commissioner) Sunday night, we learn that Derek Chauvin was moved to the Oak Park Heights prison, the lone Level Five maximum-security prison in the state.
Paul Schnell said that such transfers are “not uncommon” among high-profile inmates. and he added that the move was made partly out of anticipation that more people could be booked Sunday night at the Hennepin County Jail, where Chauvin had been in custody.
During the news conference Paul Schnell did not provide any details when the transfer occurred, but KMPS-TV (Minneapolis news station) reports Chauvin was released to state officials shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday and then taken to Oak Park Heights.
Chauvin was charged last Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He is accused in a criminal complaint of kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Video from the scene shows Chauvin with his knee of Floyd’s neck.
Source of information: – KMPS-TV – NY Daily News –
By Alex Ammohostianos