Fact check: Ex-police officer charged with killing George Floyd 'alive and well,' lawyer says

The Claim: Derek Chauvin, the policeman who killed George Floyd, was found dead in prison
A number of social media posts claim that Derek Chauvin, a former police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd in May, was killed in prison. Each post cites an article on the Conservative Tears website entitled "Police officer who murdered George Floyd, who was killed in prison".
"Well, it didn't take long," read a headline for the article posted on Facebook.
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"He was apparently killed by fellow inmates," said another headline posted on a Facebook page next to the satirical "America's Last Line of Defense" website.
Commentators were quick to question the accuracy of the article's heading. Some were more likely to believe that this was true than others.
"This needs to be checked! He is in custody," wrote one commentator.
"If this is true, it is scary on many levels," wrote another.
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Chauvin "lives and is fine," says the lawyer
While the headline doesn't offer a hint of humor, the article on the Conservative Tears website is satirical. After declaring Chauvin supposedly dead, who was killed by fellow inmates, the article goes on to claim that Chauvin gave "half of his estate" - consisting of $ 34 and a kitchen utensil on the countertop - to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign .
"He was so excited about Trump's victory that he updated his will right after Trump's election in 2016 to include that legacy," the article jokingly claims.
Conservative Tears website is a spin-off website from the larger satirical brand America's Last Line of Defense. The slogan for the Conservative Tears website is "Death Rumors For Your Thoughts and Prayers".
Christopher Blair, a spokesman for America's last line of defense, told US TODAY that the story "is in line with our top priority that anything we publish can be identified as utterly ridiculous."
And Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, told USA TODAY that Chauvin was "alive and well".
This combination of file photos, provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin in the top row from left and J. Alexander Kueng, in the bottom row from left Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. A judge on Thursday, November 5, denied defense motions to postpone the trial of the four Minneapolis police officers charged with George Floyd's death, and also ruled that all four would be brought to trial in a single trial .
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Chauvin, a white man, was accused of killing George Floyd, who was black, after holding his knee against Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes while Floyd said he could not breathe. Two minutes and 53 seconds of that time was after Floyd stopped responding. His videotaped murders sparked global protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
The ex-cop was arrested on May 29, four days after Floyd's death, but was released from prison in early October for a $ 1 million non-cash bond. He is charged with second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter.
Other claims that Chauvin killed himself in prison were exposed as false by Snopes and PolitiFact shortly after his arrest.
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Our rating: wrong
We rate the claim that Derek Chauvin, the ex-cop who killed George Floyd in May, was killed in prison as FALSE. The claim came from a satirical website creating "death rumors" and Chauvin's attorney said he was "safe and sound".
Our fact-checking sources:
Conservative tears (satire), August 19th, policeman who murdered George Floyd, killed in prison
Email correspondence with Eric Nelson, Derek Chauvin's attorney
US TODAY, June 3, New indictment of George Floyd's death: Derek Chauvin faces a second degree murder; 3 other officers charged
USA TODAY, May 29th, former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with the murder of George Floyd
US TODAY October 7th, Derek Chauvin, former police officer accused of killing George Floyd, got out of jail on $ 1 million bail
Snopes, May 31st, did Derek Chauvin commit suicide in prison?
PolitiFact, June 1, Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin did not die in prison
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This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Fact Check: Derek Chauvin "alive and well," says the attorney
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