The article does talk about George Floyd's background at length, but it's the first one I've seen that also addresses Chauvin's.
What socio-economic conditions led to the development of a man who would ignore pleas to save someone’s life?
Chauvin’s father was a certified public accountant, and his mother was a housewife. At the age of seven, his parents divorced and were given joint custody of him. One can infer that Chauvin faced a difficult childhood, as he did not finish high school and instead later received a GED certificate.
Chauvin did not always want to be a police officer. He studied food preparation at Dakota County Technical College, taking classes such as “pantry food preparation” and “job seeking skills.” Later, he went on to work as a prep cook at McDonald’s and cooked ribs and chicken at a buffet restaurant. However, he soon followed a path thousands of youth have tried in order to escape the drudgery of working-class life. At 20 years old, he joined the United States Army Reserve in 1996.
During Chauvin’s developmental years, the United States invaded Iraq in the Persian Gulf War. The affair was heavily televised, with the media glorifying the technological might of the US military machine. Images of precision missiles hitting their target and fighter jets taking off from aircraft carriers were utilized to produce a “war drama.”
In 2001, Chauvin joined the Minneapolis Police Department, which saw fit to reward him for violent actions numerous times. In 2006, he received a medal of valor for shooting a suspect, who allegedly pointed a shotgun at officers. In 2008, he got another medal for breaking down a door and shooting a suspect, who had reached for his pistol in a domestic violence dispute.
Considering his time with the police and military, Chauvin’s development followed a particular logic. He was the direct product of a socio-economic order that cultivates the most barbarous characteristics in a person—American imperialism. Engaged in continuous wars for three decades, violence has been openly embraced by the United States. It has deployed its military across the world to maintain its hegemonic position. The bloody reign of police in the States serves to suppress domestic opposition to the prerogatives of the US ruling class.
The last paragraph doesn't fit at all with the rest. Is it some kind of troll-farm dog whistle? What remains bizarre is the censoring of Chauvin's prior contact with Floyd as they worked the same bouncer job in different shifts. They knew each other well and something happened to motivate Chauvin to a daylight murder. Murdering someone he knew closely should be a major part of the trial.
What is really sad is that the cashier said he suspected Floyd didn't know the bill was fake, and thus didn't know he was committing a crime (a minor misdemeanor at that).