Tou Thao rose to infamy as one of the four police officers involved in George Floyd’s death (murder).
As Derek Chauvin kneeled on George’s neck, Tou stood guard. This continued for more than 10 minutes. George eventually died.
In the article, become familiar with Tou’s bio details. In the process, discover his heritage, wife, height, and the subsequent charges he faced.
Are Tou Thao And Kellie Chauvin Related?
From the day George Floyd was pronounced dead, public fascination grew with Tou Thao and fellow officers.
Of so many things, everyone noticed Tou and Derek Chauvin’s wife Kellie shared the same last name (Thou).
As a result, a rumor began spreading that Tou and Kellie were siblings.
After Kellie filed divorce following Derek’s arrest, her lawyer confirmed she wasn’t Tou’s sister. A statement read,
“Tou Thau is NOT Ms. Chauvin’s brother. I would GREATLY appreciate help putting that rumor to rest. Her family has been harassed and threatened based on multiple incorrect reports.”
Kellie, however, did have a brother who worked as a police officer but worked in St. Paul. Plus, her sibling wasn’t involved in George’s death.
Tou Thao Bio — Wife, Heritage, Height
Per reports online, Kellie was born in Laos but later arrived in the US via Thailand. Meanwhile, little to no info was available on Tou Thao’s upbringing.
Like Kellie, Tou must possess Laotian heritage. In the Hmong, his last name meant “son.”
Coming to his age, Tou Thao looked turned 34 years old in 2020. However, he hadn’t made his birthday and his DOB public.
Likewise, Tou kept details about his parents and education at bay. He also successfully manage to hide details about wife and kids — assuming he was a married man.
A man of short stature, Tou couldn’t be any taller than five feet eight inches in height. Similarly, he was under 78 kilograms weight.
Tou Thao Once Cost His Department $25K
Even long before the George Floyd incident, Tou Thao had a history of using excessive force.
Back in 2014, Tou beat an African-American man named Lamar Ferguson in an alley. While fellow officer Robert Thunder followed accompanied Tou, Lamar was there with his pregnant fiancee.
Lamar sustained multiple injuries after the attack from Tou and Robert. He had to spend four days in the hospital, treating the wounds.
In 2017, Lamar opted to settle the civil suit against Tou outside of the court. Per the agreement, he recieved $25k in compensation.
Besides the altercation with Lamar — and before the George Floyd incident — Tou had five more police conduct complaints against him. However, none resulted in disciplinary action.
In 2009, Tou attended the police academy. 3 years later, Minneapolis police hired him as a full-time employee.
Murder Of George Floyd, Charges, Arrested
Initially, authorities claimed George Floyd’s death was caused because of his drug use and pre-existing health conditions. An independent autopsy, however, ruled the death as homicidal.
When the videos of the incident first surfaced, Tou Thao and the other three officers were fired from their police jobs.
Amid the heaping criticisms and public pressure, authorities charged Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder.
But as the riot and protest continued, Senator Amy Klobuchar shared Attorney General Keith Ellison was elevating charges against Derek to second-degree murder.
In her statement, Amy shared Tou and the other two officers will be charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Last modified: June 4, 2020