Cop Charged In George Floyd’s Death Still Eligible For $1M Pension If Convicted


Under Minnesota law, authorities cannot revoke government employees’ pensions for felony convictions related to the job.

The Daily News reports Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder for killing George Floyd, could receive over $1 million in taxpayer-funded pension benefits even if he is convicted.

  • According to CNN, Chauvin is eligible for about $1 million in retirement benefits based on his tenure, contract details, payroll figures, and other information obtained from the Minneapolis police department.
  • Chauvin and three other officers present during the incident have all been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. However, this may not disqualify Chauvin from claiming a pension when he turns 50-years-old.
  • Crucially, Minnesota state law does not allow authorities to revoke a government employee’s pension, even on grounds of a felony conviction related to the job.

A spokesperson for the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association said,

Neither our Board nor our staff have the discretion to increase, decrease, deny or revoke benefits. Any changes to current law would need to be done through the legislative process.

  • One other officer on the scene at Floyd’s may be eligible for retirement benefits. The other two were new as police officers and likely are not.
  • All three officers present at the scene with Chauvin are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder as well as with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
  • Floyd died during an arrest on suspicion that he used a counterfeit $20 bill. Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee on Floyd’s neck. The pin lasted approximately nine minutes.
  • The New York Times reports that based on videos from security cameras and bystanders, Chauvin maintained the pin even after Floyd lost consciousness.

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