The wife of the former cop who was arrested for killing George Floyd has filed for divorce. Derek Chauvin’s wife, Kellie, announced Friday night she’s ending their marriage after 10 years.
According to City Pages:
Kellie was born in Laos. Her family had sought refuge in Eau Claire, Wisconsin when she was a girl, and she’d grown up bullied for her looks. She married once, as a teenager, in an arranged relationship planned by her parents. She divorced that husband after two children and a bad decade, and later became a radiologist at Hennepin County Medical Center.
It was at the hospital that she met and was asked out by a Minneapolis Police Department officer named Derek. In 2010, they got married.
Derek Chauvin is currently in Ramsey County Jail, per the Star Tribune, with bail set at $500,000. As of Friday afternoon he’s facing one count of third-degree murder (punishable by up to 25 years in prison) and one count of manslaughter (punishable by up to 10 years).
Back in 2018, Kellie thought back on racist bullying she’d experienced growing up, and said: “I just knew that for myself, I was better than what people made me out to be. I know it took me a long time to realize that, but it’s never too late.”
It really never is.