MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A lawyer has issued a statement from the wife of the now-arrested and charged former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and she said she has filed for divorce.
“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,” reads the statement released by Sekula Law Offices.READ MORE: Woman Found Beheaded On Shakopee Sidewalk; 42-Year-Old Man Arrested
“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 statement continued.READ MORE: Family Of Man Fatally Assaulted In Minneapolis Says Attackers Posted Video Of Beating On Social Media
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Meanwhile, on Friday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin, 44, of Oakdale, was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who said that Chauvin was arrested in Minneapolis. There was some speculation that he had gone to a home in Florida.
“We have now been able to put together the evidence that we need. Even as late as yesterday afternoon, we did not have all that we needed,” Freeman said, before saying that he was unable to speak to specific pieces of evidence and which one specifically was needed to file charges.MORE NEWS: Connecticut Fire Crews Sent To Minnesota To Help Fight Wildfires
“This is by far the fastest that we’ve ever charged a police officer,” Freeman said.