Police Veteran in George Floyd Killing Turns Blame to Rookie Officers

MINNEAPOLIS — The video footage of a white police officer, his hands in his pockets, kneeling on the neck of a Black man for more than eight minutes in May left a searing image that fueled anger and protest across the country.

But as the officer, Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, stands accused of murder in the death of George Floyd, he is pointing blame away from himself — and toward two rookie officers who were on the scene of the killing and whom he…

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