The wife of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was once charged with writing a bad check for $42, the Daily Mailreports. Chauvin, a 19-year veteran cop, was one of four officers who arrested George Floyd on May 25 on suspicion that Floyd used a forged $20 bill at a convenience store. In a now-infamous video, Chauvin was filmed pressing his knee down on Floyd’s neck for several minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.
Chauvin’s wife Kellie, a former Mrs. Minnesota pageant winner, was charged with writing the bad check in 2005, before she was with Chauvin. Multiple letters were sent to her home chasing the money and when she finally paid, a criminal case was dismissed. In a 2018 interview about her pageant bid, Kellie said her husband was “a softie” under his police uniform and a “gentleman” who opened the door for her.
Kellie Chauvin, through her attorney, expressed condolences to Floyd’s family and said she’s filed for dissolution of her marriage.
Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Three other officers were fired in connection to Floyd’s death, but they have not been taken into custody or charged as of Friday night.
Kellie Chauvin’s full statement released by her attorney is below:
‘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