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Two officers in the viral video of George Floyd's death have harmed civilians before during an arrest, report reveals

The identities of at least two of the 4 cops involved in the death of an African American man, George Floyd, have been revealed and it shows that this is not the first time both of them have harmed civilians.
One of the policemen has been identified as Derek Chauvin, 44, a 19-year veteran of the force. In the viral video recording of George Floyd's death, Chauvin is seen kneeling on George’s neck. The video was almost 10 minutes long and for most of it, Derek had his knee in George's neck even as the Black man continually complained that he couldn’t breathe.

As Derek Chavin knelt on George's neck, two other officers held George down by his stomach and legs.

Even after George started bleeding from his nose and became unconscious, Derek didn't stop kneeling on his neck.

 It has now been revealed that this is not Derek Chauvin's first time harming a civilian. In 2008, Chauvin shot and wounded Ira Latrell Toles during a domestic assault call. According to a 2011 article from the Pioneer Press, Chauvin and other officers showed up to an apartment in south Minneapolis just before 2 a.m. Toles grabbed for an officer’s gun and Chauvin shot him in the abdomen.

Also, in 2006, Chauvin and five others responded to a stabbing. After Wayne Reyes, 42, allegedly pulled a shotgun on the officers, one of the officers shot and killed Reyes, according to a report titled "Stolen Lives" from Communities United Against Police Brutality, a police watchdog nonprofit based in Minneapolis.

Another officer who is being called out online is an Asian American cop who stood by during the assault on George Floyd and exchanged words with bystanders who told them to free George. His name is Tou Thao.

This is also not Thao's first time of being accused of police brutality. In 2017, a man named Lamar Ferguson sued Thao and another officer, Robert Thunder, for excessive use of force. According to the lawsuit, Ferguson and a woman, who was eight months pregnant, were walking home when Thao and Thunder stopped and searched them without cause. The officers handcuffed Ferguson, and Thao threw him to the ground and began punching him, while Thunder kicked him, according to the allegations.

The officers took Ferguson to the hospital for medical treatment. Afterward, they escorted Ferguson to jail wearing only his underwear and T-shirt, rejecting hospital staff’s requests that he be allowed to fully dress, according to the complaint.

Thao was laid off for two years and returned to the department in 2012.

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