The bodyguard hired to protect Derek Chauvin while on trial for the murder of George Floyd has revealed what it was like to guard “the most hated an in America.”
Scott Yelle described how he led a covert security operation that used safe houses, armored SUVs, and even disguises to protect the Minneapolis agent while on trial for the murder of George Floyd.
Yelle said the security guard would wear body armor and keep a go-bag containing mace, tourniquets and gas masks in the car in case they were attacked.
The bodyguard even used Snapchat to check where large groups of protesters were, using the social media app’s map feature.
“This was an agitator’s Super Bowl,” Yelle . said Inside edition, of the ability for some protesters to take out Chauvin on his travels to and from his safehouse, some 35 miles from the Minneapolis courthouse where he was on trial, across the state lines in Wisconsin.
Derek Chauvin’s bodyguard, Scott Yelle, described how he led a covert security operation that used shelters, armored SUVs, and even disguises to protect the Minneapolis agent while on trial for the murder of George Floyd
Agent Derek Chauvin became “the most hated an in America” after kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes in shocking footage from May 25, 2020 (right). Despite being smuggled into a parking lot under the courthouse every morning, Chauvin (courtroom photo, left) was still deemed in danger, even in court
Yelle said it was a logistical nightmare getting “one of the most hated men in America” back and forth from the courthouse every day and that he was afraid someone would open fire or throw a Molotov cocktail at them.
Despite Chauvin being smuggled into a parking lot under the courthouse every morning, even in court he was still thought to be in danger.
Yelle said he even refused to let Chauvin eat any of the food provided by court officials.
The bodyguard told Fabian that he was using a fleet of bulletproof SUVs to protect Chauvin from assassination attempts and that anyone traveling with Chauvin should be aware of the threats from crowds of protesters outside the courthouse every day.
He added that he should be aware of dangers, including “people shooting, people throwing rocks and stones, anything they could find.”
Yelle described the covert operation to protect Chauvin despite hundreds of death threats
Yelle told INSIDE EDITION that Chauvin was not in police custody, but was actually detained at an undisclosed location 35 miles away from the Minneapolis courthouse where he was on trial, across the state lines in Wisconsin.
“We also had to worry about people throwing Molotov,” Yelle said, adding that he received threats every day.
In addition, Yelle said there were secret safe houses in the suburbs where Chauvin could be taken in case of an emergency.
He said they would even drive a roundabout there to throw off anyone who followed them.
During the time Yelle was protecting Chauvin, he said he had only seen him express his remorse once.
‘I said, ‘Is there anything I can do for you? And he said, “You can take me back a year,” Yelle said.
Chauvin was given a sentence of 22 and a half years in prison, with the possibility of being discharged under supervision, subject to good conduct after serving two-thirds of his sentence or 15 years for first degree murder.
George Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes while Floyd, 46, lay on his face crying, “I can’t breathe.”
Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes while Floyd, 46, lay on his face crying, “I can’t breathe.”
The video of the incident went viral and soon protests against police brutality spread across the United States, lasting for months and sometimes turning violent.
Chauvin was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department in the aftermath and was soon arrested.
He was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
On June 25, 2021, he was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison, with the possibility of being placed under supervision, on condition of good conduct after serving two-thirds of his sentence or 15 years for first degree murder.