Derek Chauvin, 44, the officer filmed kneeling George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, is a 19-year veteran of the force. Chauvin was involved in a fatal police shooting and one of the other fired officers paid a $25K settlement after being sued for using excessive force in arrest where he punched and kicked a handcuffed suspect. Derek Chauvin was investigated in 2006 over a fatal police shooting and again in 2008 and 2011 for two more shootings. A second officer involved in Monday’s arrest, Tou Thao, was sued in 2017 for using excessive force. The lawsuit, accuses him of punching and kicking a handcuffed suspect. George Floyd died Monday in police custody, hours after footage showed cop Chauvin knelt on him for eight minutes during the forgery arrest in Minneapolis; all four officers involved in Monday’s incident were fired. The remaining two officers have also been named as Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, both are rookie cops still in their probationary periods.
Born Albuquerque, New Mexico, NM, United States, Multi-faceted rapper, writer, youth advocate, MC/touring artist-educator/producer and renowned lyricist, Christopher Mike-Bidtah, aka Def-i, has taken his music as far as Eminem’s XM Radio program, NPR, the BBC and beyond. He helped raise over $1 million for the legal funds of Standing Rock Water Protectors, and is a dedicated environmental activist himself. Here’s Def-i Biography and Profile.
Nighat Dad was born 1981, in the small town of Ratta Matta, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Nighat Dad is an accomplished lawyer and a human rights activist. She founded Digital Rights Foundation (DRF). “The main objective of DRF was not to just establish another NGO, but to really start a movement on digital rights and internet freedom issues.” Here’s Nighat Dad Biography and Profile.
Larry Ndianefo, professionally known as Larry Gaaga, is a Nigerian industry entrepreneur, and music mogul. Larry Gaaga emerged as the cover face of Tush Magazine’s 26th issue. Larry Gaaga finally released his long-awaited single with Wizkid tagged “Low“. Here’s Larry Gaaga Biography and Profile.
Opal Tometi, activist, writer, strategist, and community organizer. Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors are a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. Opal Tometi was born 1984, in Phoenix, Arizona, in the US to Nigerian parents. Tometi grew up hearing Yoruba and Esan spoken at home – and says her first trip to Nigeria as a teenager, changed her life. Here’s Opal Tometi Biography and Profile.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, born in 1984 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the Pacoima neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley. Patrisse Cullors is an American artist and activist. Cullors is an advocate for prison abolition in Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Here’s Patrisse Cullors Biography and Profile.