This is fake.
Bloggers stated on May 31, 2020 in a story:
Says ex-Minneapolis officer accused of killing George Floyd commits suicide in prison cell.
June 1, 2020
Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin did not die in jail
As demonstrations against police brutality escalate in size and scope, so is social media misinformation.
On May 31, a website called “W24 News” published an article with a headline that said Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck, committed suicide in his cell.
The headline reads: “Minneapolis Police Officer who killed George Floyd, Derek Chauvin commits suicide in prison cell.”
This isn’t true.
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The article says that, on May 31, “John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin committed suicide after his arrest in his Minnesota jail cell.” It attributed the report to WCCO Minneapolis, a local CBS affiliate news station.
The claim only exists on W24n, a junk news website that has published several hoax stories including one that said President Barack Obama tested positive for the coronavirus.
We rate this claim Pants on Fire!
Did Derek Chauvin Commit Suicide in Prison?
Junk news in, junk news out.
31 May 2020
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin committed suicide in his prison cell.
On May 31, 2020, the W24 news website published an article reporting that Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer arrested and criminally charged in the controversial in-custody death of George Floyd, had committed suicide in his prison cell:
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin committed suicide in his prison cell pending trial on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges, the U.S media reported on Saturday.
On Sunday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin committed suicide after his arrest in his Minnesota jail cell
This report, attributed to Minneapolis CBS affiliate WCCO-TV, was false — the Minnesota Department of Public Safety made no such announcement, and neither WCCO nor any other legitimate news outlet reported that Chauvin had taken his own life.
The only source reporting this information was w24n.com, a junk news site that has previously published numerous false claims, such as articles about Barack Obama‘s supposedly having tested positive for coronavirus, and North Korea’s allegedly having announced the death of leader Kim Jong-un.
Chauvin was being held in Hennepin County Jail before being transferred to Minnesota Correctional Facility – Oak Park Heights.