Tou Thao Bio, Wiki
Tou Thao badge number 7162 has been named as the partner of Derek Chauvin Badge number 1087, a white Minneapolis police officer in a Dramatic video that shows him pin an African-American man with his knee. The man who has since been identified as George Floyd was later pronounced dead prompting a public outcry for the prosecution of the officers involved. Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations.
On Friday 11:22 am, May 29, Chauvin was arrested and is being charged with 3rd-degree murder. 3rd-degree murder is a crime committed without premeditation or intent to kill and involves killing another person through inherently dangerous actions and with no regard for human life. The other 3 officers who watched are still under investigation, but no charges have yet been filed. The D.A. says this is the fastest they’ve ever charged a cop he says normally it takes 9 months to investigate.
Tou Thao Sister
Her sister is Kelli Chauvin a former Mrs. Minnesota winner and realtor. She is the Wife of the Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The couple has since filed for divorce as per a statement from Kellie’s lawyer. You can read more about her sister here.
Tou Thao Background & History of Excessive of Force
According to a deposition he gave in a 2017 lawsuit, Thao started with the department as a community service officer. In 2009 He went through the academy. He was laid off for two years and returned to the department in 2012.
Lamar Ferguson sued Thao and another officer, Robert Thunder in 2017, 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. Afterwards, 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.
In a deposition, Thao said they arrested Ferguson due to an outstanding arrest warrant. He said he only punched Ferguson after one of Ferguson’s hands slipped out of the handcuffs.
“He tries to pull away,” Thao said in the deposition. “And he puts his hands on me and tries to give me a stiff arm in a way to try to get me off of him. After — at this point he’s actively resisting arrest. He — so I had no choice but to punch him. I punched him in the face. It causes him to pause a bit which gives Officer Thunder the time to come around and help.”
The case settled out of court for $25,000, according to Seth Leventhal, one of Ferguson’s attorneys.
Minneapolis Police Statement
Minneapolis Police released a statement saying the man, who was in his 40s, died following a medical incident, claiming he suffered medical distress during a police interaction. They did not immediately release his name or the names of the officers involved. But the officers have been identified by the Star Tribune as Chauvin and Thao.
The Disturbing Incident was Captured on Video
In the disturbing video, filmed at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street in Minneapolis around 8 pm on Monday, May 25th, an African-American man can be heard begging for his life as an officer pins him down by the neck for several minutes.
In the original video posted online, Facebook user Darnella Frazier says “they killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago! No type of sympathy. #POLICEBRUTALITY.”
— Michael Morgan (@mikewhoatv) May 26, 2020
“Please, I can’t breathe. I can’t move.
“My stomach hurts, my neck hurts. Everything hurts.” The man can be heard calling out for his mother.
Bystanders are heard pleading with the officer on the scene to let the man breathe.
“Why you got to hold him down? He’s not even resisting arrest. He’s not doing nothing, he was just getting in the car.”
“His nose is bleeding,” a female voice says.
“Get him in the car,” the male bystander’s voice continues.
The second police officer, Tou Thao then replies, “We tried that for ten minutes.”
The witnesses can then be heard saying, “You’re going to just sit there with your knee on his neck? He’s not moving. Did you kill him?” before the camera centers in on an image of the victim’s lifeless body.
“You just killed that n***er, bro,” the male witness goes on to say.
New Footage Contradicts the Notion that George Floyd Resisted Arrest
On the same day, CBS News obtained footage a new video of George Floyd’s arrest from a nearby restaurant that appears to show Floyd complying with Minneapolis police officers. The new video shows him being cuffed and led to the sidewalk, where he slides down and appears to wait. The full video can be seen here.
— Jason DeRusha (@DeRushaJ) May 26, 2020
More footage from the restaurant appears to contradict the statement that Floyd “physically resisted officers” after leaving his car. It shows Floyd being helped up from where he had slid down to sit and walking with officers out of the shot of the restaurant security camera, where he still appears to be complying with police.
Tou Thao Partner has a History of Police Brutality
Officials did not identify the officer in question, but two sources familiar with the investigation identified him as Derek Chauvin.
Chauvin’s name appears in an entry in a report by Communities United Against Police Brutality called “Stolen Lives in Minnesota: People Who Have Lost their Lives Through Encounters with Law Enforcement Authorities.”
It says he fired at a man named Wayne Reyes in October 2006. “Minneapolis Police responded after Wayne stabbed his girlfriend and a male friend. He drove off, starting a police pursuit. When police stopped him, they claim he aimed a shotgun toward them. Six Minneapolis police officers –Dante Dean, Brian Grahme, Shawn Kelly, Oscar Macias, Terry Nutter, and Derek Chauvin –fired on him. He was 42 years old,” the report says.
Department records and news accounts show that Chauvin has been involved in at least three police-involved shootings over his career with the MPD: Wayne Reyes in 2006, and Leroy Martinez and Ira Latrell Toles, both in 2011.
Mayor of Minneapolis Statement
Because of the nature of the incident and the race of those involved, the FBI will be looking into whether charges could be brought against the officer, said Mayor Jacob Frey.
“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” said a visibly shaken Frey. “For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a black man’s neck. Five minutes. When year hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th last night is awful. It was traumatic. It serves as a reminder of how far we have to go.”
FBI has now joined with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate the incident
Minneapolis Police say the FBI has now joined with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate the incident. All body camera footage has been turned over to the BCA, which investigates most police shootings and in-custody deaths, and the officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave. Their names haven’t been released publicly.
Social Media Users Accuses Minnesota Police Department of killing the suspect
News One reports that social media users “quickly accused the Minnesota Police Department of killing the suspect, who has not been identified as of early Tuesday morning. Some said the suspect was suffocated. Others described it as being choked.”