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Lawsuit Alleges That Derek Chauvin Used Excessive Force Against Patty Day Months Before Murdering George Floyd

A lawsuit has been filed against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, accusing him of using excessive force against Patty Day in January 2020, a few months before George Floyd's murder. The complaint, filed by Robins Kaplan LLP, alleges that Chauvin, along with his former partner Ellen Jensen, violently pulled Day from her car and pinned her to the ground, causing her significant injuries, including a fractured tooth and arm and shoulder damage. The lawsuit also claims that Jensen did not intervene during the incident.

Day's lawsuit highlights a pattern of aggressive behavior by Chauvin, mentioning other victims such as Zoya Code and John Pope, and criticizes the City of Minneapolis for not addressing the issue earlier. Day seeks at least $9 million in compensatory damages and additional punitive damages.

"Sadly, my experience with Derek Chauvin is not unique," Day said in the news release from Robins Kaplan LLP. "George Floyd died at the hands of this individual, and had the City intervened on his behavior after my interaction, he could still be alive today. Other people have also had their civil rights violated, like Zoya Code and John Pope, showing his aggressive patterns. It was a traumatic part of my life that I hope no one else will have to endure."

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder for Floyd's death and is serving a 22-year sentence. In April 2023, the Minneapolis City Council settled two other civil cases against Chauvin for nearly $9 million, involving excessive force incidents from three years prior to Floyd's murder. The City had also settled with Floyd's family for $27 million in 2021.

Link: CBSNews


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