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George Floyd death cop Derek Chauvin ‘tried to kill another black man by shooting him twice ten years ago’

THE policeman who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck during an arrest almost killed another black man 12 years ago. 

Details of this have emerged as officer Derek Chauvin's long history of use-of-force incidents have come to light in the wake of death on Monday night.

Chauvin, 44, has become the focus of violent street protests in Minneapolis and other cities.

This was after he was videoed kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old Floyd for almost eight minutes on Monday during his arrest on a suspicion of passing a counterfeit bill. 

Floyd, who was handcuffed and heard saying he couldn't breathe, was pronounced dead later that night.

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But now another alleged victim of Chauvin, Ira Latrell Toles, has spoken out about how Chauvin barged into his home and beat him up in a bathroom before shooting him twice at close range during  a domestic violence call in 2008. 

Toles, 33, told the Daily Beast he did not immediately recognize Chauvin in the video from the Floyd confrontation.

But he then made the connection later on Tuesday night when news outlets identified him as one of four officers involved.   

Toles said: "The officer that killed that guy might be the one that shot me.

"They said his last name and I think it was him.

His sister replied instantly: "It's him."

Floyd's death has deeply shaken Minneapolis and sparked protests in cities across the U.S. with calls for Chauvin to be arrested and charged with murder.   

Mayor Jacob Frey told reporters: “Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail? 

"If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now."

If he was reprimanded when he shot me, George Floyd would still be alive

Ira Latrell Toles

Toles believes Floyd's horrific death wouldn't have happened if Chauvin was properly punished for his violent arrest more than a decade ago.  

He said Chauvin received a mere slap on the wrist for the incident, which left Toles, then 21, with a permanent bullet hole in his stomach and led to him pleading guilty to a mere misdemeanor charge.  

He told the Daily Beast: "If he was reprimanded when he shot me, George Floyd would still be alive."

Toles said he is hopeful that Floyd's death and the ensuing outrage will finally bring change and reform to the Minneapolis Police Department.

During Chauvin’s 19-year career he has opened fire on two people and had nearly 20 complaints and two letters of reprimand filed against him

Minneapolis City Council records show that Chauvin moonlighted as a bouncer at a downtown Latin nightclub. A former owner of the club told KSTP-TV yesterday that Floyd also worked security for the club up to the end of last year.

But Maya Santamaria, who the station reported owned the El Nuevo Rodeo Club for nearly two decades before selling the venue this year, said she didn't know if the men knew each other because the club often had a couple dozen security guards at a time.

In 2006, Chauvin was among a group of six officers who opened fire on a stabbing suspect after a chase that ended when the suspect pointed a sawed-off shotgun at them.

The suspect, Wayne Reyes, was hit multiple times and died. A grand jury decided the use of force was justified.

Chauvin, whose driveway was splattered with red paint and the graffiti murderer, has not spoken publicly since Floyd's death and his attorney did not respond to calls seeking comment. 

He and the other three officers involved in Floyd's arrest were fired on Tuesday.

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