Derek Chauvin, cop seen kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, appears in court for tax evasion charges

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FORMER Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in George Floyd’s death, appeared in court on Tuesday—on tax evasion charges. 

Chauvin, 44, appeared remotely in Washington County District Court before Judge Sheridan Hawley, who determined his pretrial release conditions, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is accused in George Floyd’s death
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Officer Derek Chauvin was seen in the George Floyd video with his knee on Floyd’s neck
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In July—two months after kneeling on the neck of Floyd, leading to the black man’s death— Chauvin and his estranged wife Kellie Chauvin were charged with nine felony counts relating to false, fraudulent and missing tax returns.

They were charged with six counts of aiding and abetting taxes or filing fraudulent returns starting in 2014, and three counts of failing to file returns from 2016 to 2018.

The Chauvins underreported $464,433 in joint income and owed $21,853 in taxes, according to the charges. 

Factoring in interest and penalties for fraud and late filing, the couple owe $37,868, the complaint obtained by the Star Tribune alleges.

Derek Chauvin is not likely to be released from the Oak Park Heights state prison since he faces murder and manslaughter charges from Floyd’s killing on May 25. 

The ex-cop’s bail was set at $1.25 million for that case. 

Derek Chauvin would not need to post a monetary bond on his tax evasion charges if he is able to make bail on his murder charges. 

However, he would still have to abide by Hawley’s conditions, which are that he abide by laws and show up to all his court dates. 

Hawley set Derek Chauvin’s next hearing on the tax evasion charges for October 30 at 9:30am. 


Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis cops, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, are scheduled to appear in court on Friday before Judge Peter Cahill on charges connected to Floyd. 

The three officers charged as accomplices are out on bond. 

Bystander video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes set off days of unrest and sparked dozens of Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations for racial equality around the country. 

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