Police officer Derek Showen has been part of the Minneapolis police for more than 18 years before being blamed for the death of African-American George Floyd. He has been charged with murder and is seeking justice. What is known about Derek Coven?
Almost nothing is known about him. He is known to be 44 years old and from Minnesota. He has been working in the police since 2011. He lives on the outskirts of Minneapolis and owns a house in Florida.
This is not his first incident. So far this month, 18 appeals have been filed against him by the Internal Control Department. Both cases ended in a reprimand for using abusive tone and swearing.
In 2006, Showen was one of six police officers involved in a suspicious case with Wei Rains, suspected of killing his girlfriend and friend, who was killed when he pointed a gun at a police officer from his vehicle. It is unknown at this time what he did to cause the deaths.
According to the protocol, all police officers, including Showen, were sent on paid leave, and the outcome of the investigation is unknown.
What is now known about Showen is that after his arrest he was transferred to prison for the highest level of security in Minnesota. He was given access to a telephone and video visits in prison, and live visits were not allowed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
One thing that connects them is the fact that George Floyd and Derek Cowen worked as security guards at the El Nuevo Rodeo Club, but there is no information on whether they knew each other. Floyd came to the rescue on Tuesday, and Shawne provided security for the club for almost 17 years.
Derek’s wife, Kelly, is a Laos refugee. She filed for divorce from Chen and changed her last name. She left her husband on May 28, the day before Floyd’s murder charge was filed. They have been married for 10 years, CNN reported.