Derek Chauvin could receive more than $1million in pension money during his retirement after Minneapolis officer charged in George Floyd’s death amassed 19 years of service
The former Minneapolis police officer who was seen pressing his knee into the neck of George Floyd for several minutes before he died could receive more than $1million in pension benefits even if he is convicted in court.
Derek Chauvin, 44, faces charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for Floyd’s death.
He kept his knee on Floyd’s throat even as the 46-year-old black man begged him to let up so that he can breathe.
After Floyd’s death, Chauvin was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department. It took authorities four days to arrest and charge him amid intense pressure.
Three other officers involved with the incident were also fired and face felony charges.
But Chauvin still stands to benefit from a pension partially funded by taxpayers. While a number of state laws allow for the forfeiture of pensions for those employees convicted of felony crimes related to their work, this is not the case in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association confirmed to CNN that 44-year-old Chauvin would remain eligible to file for his pension as early as age 50, though it would not provide details on the specific amount he would receive. Chauvin’s attorney declined to comment.
Retirement plan officials said that employees terminated voluntarily or for cause are eligible for future benefits unless they choose to forfeit their future benefit and receive a refund of all their contributions made during their employment.
‘Neither our Board nor our staff have the discretion to increase, decrease, deny or revoke benefits,’ a PERA spokeswoman told CNN.
‘Any changes to current law would need to be done through the legislative process.’