(Minneapolis, MN) — Former Minneapolis police officer, 44-year-old Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran on the force, is still eligible to receive his full pension benefits during his retirement years even if he is convicted of killing George Floyd. Chauvin was the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes leading to his death.
The Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association confirms that Chauvin would remain eligible to file for his pension as early as age 50 and sources say he could receive more than $1 million over a 30-year period. After the killing of George Floyd while in police custody, Chauvin’s wife filed for divorce. It is unclear if she would receive any of the pension.
Also, the Floyd family could file a wrongful death civil suit and seek to attach Chauvin’s pension if he is found guilty of murder.
Officials say while a number of state laws allow for the forfeiture of pensions for employees convicted of felony crimes related to their work, this is not the case in Minnesota.
Chauvin was quickly fired from the force, and amid national protests, was eventually charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers involved with the incident were also fired and face felony charges.