Former officer Derek Chauvin transferred from county jail to maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights

The former Minneapolis Police officer who was charged in connection with the death of George Floyd has been transferred from a county jail to a maximum-security prison, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Derek Chauvin, who was seen on video holding his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday in connection with Floyd’s death.

He was originally taken into custody at the Ramsey County Jail; he was then taken to the Hennepin County Jail on Sunday afternoon. Now, according to the DOC, he has been released to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights.

According to the DOC, the Oak Park Heights facility is the highest custody level in Minnesota’s prison system. Many of the inmates at the prison “need a higher level of security.”

In a news conference Sunday night, DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell said this sort of inmate transfer is not uncommon.

He said the same thing happened when former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor was taken into custody in connection with the killing of Justine Damond. 

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson requested the transfer, Schnell said.

Chauvin and three other officers involved in the fatal arrest were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday. None of the other officers has been charged.

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