Ira Latrell Toles says the same man who murdered George Floyd was the same man who nearly killed him in 2008.
As the media covered the graphic recorded death of Floyd this week, Toles did not immediately know that now former-officer Derek Chauvin was the same one who beat him in his home while responding to a domestic violence call and later shot him in the stomach.
Toles texted his sister after watching the news, “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 quickly responded: “It’s him.”
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While speaking to Daily Beast, Tolas said, “If he was reprimanded when he shot me, George Floyd would still be alive.”
In 2008, 911 dispatchers received a domestic violence call. According to police, the 911 call remained open, and the operator heard a woman yelling for someone to stop hitting her.
Toles, 21 at the time, admitted that the mother of his child was calling the cops on him that night but said officers came into the apartment unannounced and so he fled to the bathroom.
“When I saw that he breached the front door, I ran in the bathroom,” Toles told The Daily Beast. “Then [Chauvin] starts kicking in that door.”
That’s when Toles said he started hitting him without warning or announcing himself. Toles also confessed that he did start hitting back as a “natural defense” and added that he is positive the officer started hitting him with his gun.
“All I could do is assume it was the police because they didn’t announce themselves or ever give me a command,” he remembered.
According to police, Toles was hiding in the bathroom and tried to escape. That’s when a shuffle ensued and the report says Toles reached for Chauvin’s gun and that when he shot him from close range in the stomach.
Toles was admitted for a few days and once released, he went to court and was charged with two felony counts of obstructing legal process or arrest and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault. Toles later plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge as part of a deal.
The wound from the bullet wound is still very much a part of Toles. But Toles insists that reaching for the gun was a falsified part of the story. Toles said his domestic violence wasn’t worth a felony charge or losing his life.
“To turn a misdemeanor disorderly situation into a felony situation that could have resulted in me dying?” he maintained. “He tried to kill me in that bathroom.”
Chauvin joined the force in 2001 and has since garnered over a dozen complaints.
Reports show that Chauvin has been involved in several other police-involved shootings. According to Communities United Against Police Brutality, 10 complaints have been filed against the officer; however he’s never been suspended and only received —but Chauvin two verbal reprimands.
In 2011, the officer, along with five others, was placed on a standard three-day leave after the shooting of an Alaskan Native American man. They were all allowed back on the force after their superiors determined that they had acted “appropriately.”
In 2006, an inmate at a Minnesota correctional facility sued Chauvin and a handful of other officers for allegedly violating his federal constitutional rights. The case was later dismissed and details were not readily available to the media.
It’s no surprise that it was not Chauvin’s first use of excessive violence. For the rest of Minnesota’s safety, let’s hope this was the last week he wore his badge.