Appearing on the wrong side of the law, former officer Derek Chauvin is seen in his police mugshot after being charged with murder.

The now-fired Minneapolis cop faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty of the death of George Floyd.

The criminal complaint against the white officer shows how he kept kneeling on the black man’s neck for several minutes after he fell unconscious and said “you’re talking fine” when he begged for air.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter although more serious charges could be brought.

Bizarrely, the two men were known to each other once working security together at a local nightclub.

Former policeman Derek Chauvin's mugshot as he faces murder charges
Chauvin was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck during the arrest

Chauvin’s bail was set at $500,000 (£405,000) as more details emerged of the officer’s chequered career over 19 years in the force.

Before his involvement in Mr Floyd’s fatal arrest on suspicion of using a fake $20, the fired officer had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs.

His former bosses have so far refused to provide full details of allegations made against Chauvin, but only two were “closed with discipline” they revealed.

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However, according to local reports, the 44-year-old was one of the officers involved in the 2006 Wayne Reyes case.

Reyes supposedly aimed a gun at an officer after stabbing a friend and their girlfriend.

According to various reports, he escaped but was shot dead after a police pursuit of him.

A grand jury decided the use of force was justified.

Also in that year, a prison inmate filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Minneapolis Police Department and officers including Chauvin.

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Court records do not show specifics of the case, which was dismissed after the plaintiff failed to pay a filing fee.

In 2005 two people died when their car was hit by a vehicle being chased by Chauvin and Officer Terry Nutter, according to a report by Communities United Against Police Brutality.

Chauvin’s troubles worsened on Friday when hours after his arrest his former beauty queen wife filed for divorce after ten years of marriage.

Laos-born Kellie Chauvin, a 2018 Mrs Minnesota winner, announced through her lawyer she made the decision after being left so upset by Mr Floyd’s death.

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“She is devastated by Mr Floyd’s death,” her lawyers said in a statement.

“Her utmost sympathy lies with his family, his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving.”

“She has filed for dissolution of her marriage.”

The three other officers - Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng - involved in Mr Floyd’s arrest last Monday although not yet charged have also been dismissed.