Story at a glance
- Chauvin was taken into custody Friday on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges in George Floyd’s death.
- DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell said Sunday that type of inmate transfer is not uncommon.
- Oak Park Heights is the highest custody level in the Minnesota DOC system.
The ex-Minneapolis police officer charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man has been transferred to a maximum-security prison, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC).
Local news station KSTP reports Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes while Floyd was being detained by police, was originally held at the Ramsey County Jail before being transferred Sunday to Hennepin County Jail. He has since been sent to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights in Stillwater, Minn.
“Oak Park Heights is the highest custody level in the Minnesota DOC system. However, the majority of inmates housed here are maximum and close custody, as some of the inmates need a higher level of security,” according to the DOC.
DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell said Sunday the inmate transfer is not uncommon, noting the same process occurred when former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor was arrested in the death of Justine Damond. Schnell said the Hennepin County sheriff requested the transfer.
Chauvin was charged and taken into custody Friday, and authorities say more charges could be brought against him. Three other former officers involved in the incident have not yet been charged in the case.
Cities across the country have seen days of demonstrations, with some turning violent, amid growing outrage over the death of Floyd. In the days since Floyd's death, several states and cities have instituted mandatory curfews to help mitigate the unrest. Some states have also deployed the National Guard to help control escalating protests.
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