Kellie Chauvin, the wife of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has issued a statement through her attorney that she sends her condolences to the family of George Floyd and she has filed for divorce.
“This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” the Sekula Law Offices said in a released statement.
“While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time,” the statement continued.
The announcement spurs several questions. Is Ms. Chauvin leaving her husband because she has an opinion about his actions? Were there previous domestic issues at home?
Many commenters on Twitter believe the divorce would be a way to protect the couple’s assets in case he were to be sued in a civil case, which I hadn’t thought of.
Things that make you go ‘hmm…’
Through her attorney wife of former Officer Derek Chauvin the former Minneapolis Police Officer charged with murdering #GeorgeFloyd released a statement saying she is devastated by Floyd’s death, sends condolences to his family and is divorcing her husband @wcco pic.twitter.com/A5n7bYgdbK
— esme murphy (@esmemurphy) May 30, 2020
Trying to keep assets. He’ll give everything into her name, and when he’s sued they won’t be able to recapture it when the civil lawsuit is decided. Freeze all assets until the civil suit is over.
— Ben Believing (@BenBelieving) May 30, 2020
It’s the best way to protect their assets from a civil suit.
— David Lytle, Armed Potato Guard (@davitydave) May 30, 2020
This is very possible. I doubt we'd see this statement or the announcement if he wasn't locked up right now. The first time she can move freely about the cabin. Bless her and any children they have if this is the case.
— Benjamin Bryant (@bzbenbryant) May 30, 2020