Derek Chauvin — the former Minneapolis PD officer charged with the
murder of George Floyd — has a new jail cell for now … he’s been
transferred to a maximum-security prison.
Chauvin’s been sent to the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park
Heights near the city of Stillwater, after spending part of Sunday at
the Hennepin County Jail. It’s protocol for inmates to get new mug shots
when they’re transferred.
The ex-cop was originally held at the Ramsey County Jail after being
arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in
According to the Department of Corrections … the Oak Park Heights
prison is the highest custody level in Minnesota’s system, and several
inmates — like Chauvin — need a higher level of security.
DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell says this kind of transfer is not uncommon
— the same thing happened when former Minneapolis cop, Mohamed Noor,
was taken into custody in the killing of Justine Damond — and it was
requested by the Hennepin County Sheriff.
Chauvin was one of 4 officers fired over Floyd’s death, but so far he’s
the only one arrested and charged. Chauvin was the cop who pressed his
knee on Floyd’s neck for close to 9 minutes … including more than 2
minutes after Floyd was unresponsive.
Still, there’s outrage that the other cops have still not being
arrested. The entire incident — along with other cases of black people
being unjustly killed — has incited several straight days of protests,
riots, looting, violence and destruction across several major cities in