There is a viral news claiming Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has committed suicide in prison.
The Report is False.
This report, attributed to Minneapolis CBS affiliate WCCO-TV, was false — the Minnesota Department of Public Safety made no such announcement, and neither WCCO nor any other legitimate news outlet reported that Chauvin had taken his own life.
TMZ’s source said Chauvin is in isolation and being watched constantly. There’s a camera in his cell watching him 24/7, as well as guards monitoring the feed 24/7. On top of that, he’s getting checked on in-person every 15 minutes.
While TMZ’s source wouldn’t use the term suicide watch to characterize Chauvin’s circumstances — other law enforcement sources said yes, that’s effectively what’s happening at the jail.
TMZ was told the 15-minute checks are standard for that section of the jail — but in the same breath, TMZ’s sources said they want to make sure nothing happens to him while he’s in custody.
TMZ’s source said Chauvin will be in his cell 23 hours a day — with one hour of rec time in an enclosed area. He has access to books, pencils and paper — not much else. He’s also got a bed bolted to the floor with a pillow sewn to it.
TMZ was told as of Friday, the jail staff was unaware of any threats against Chauvin’s life. He faces third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges for kneeling on George’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.