FORMER Minneapolis-cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts on April 20, in connection to the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin, 45, was taken away in handcuffs following a guilty verdict, however, onlookers noticed the convicted killer scribbled a note on his left hand.
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What did Derek Chauvin have written on his hand?
Chauvin scribbled his lawyer's phone number on his left palm prior to his guilty verdict.
According the ex-cop's lawyer Eric Nelson, the 45-year-old scrawled his number down on the palm of his hand in case he was convicted and sent directly to jail, reports TMZ.
If Chauvin had written it on a piece of paper, it would likely have been confiscated as his bail was immediately revoked when he was found guilty by the jury of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
His face was concealed by a mask and little reaction could be seen from former Minneapolis cop.
He was not given an opportunity to speak with his lawyer after the verdict and was swiftly taken out of the courtroom as his eyes darted wildly around the room as he was led away.
Chauvin will, however, be able to call his lawyer from jail.
Nelson didn't reveal to TMZ what the nature of the conversation will be – but Chauvin could be set to appeal his conviction and would want to discuss this with his attorney.
Is Derek Chauvin on suicide watch?
It was revealed that Chauvin will be placed on suicide watch in a maximum security prison as he awaits sentencing.
The disgraced cop was also placed a separate unit from the general prison population that at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights.
As a former cop, he runs the risk of being in danger from other inmates and could be killed.
A department spokesperson told CNN's Jim Sciutto: “Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern."
Oak Park Heights is the state's only Level Five maximum security prison and it is regarded as one of the safest for high-risk offenders.
No one has ever escaped the prison since it opened in 1982 and only one inmate has been killed inside.
Chauvin is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.
When is Chauvin's sentencing?
Chauvin will be staying at the maximum-security facility for at least the next eight weeks while he waits to be sentenced.
During that time, he will be kept alone in his cell for all but one hour of the day, during which he will be allowed to exercise outside.
However, he will still be kept away from all other inmates during that recreational hour and remain under the close watch of prison guards inside the unit.
The isolated wing where Chauvin is being kept, which is also known as the Administrative Control Unit, if typically used to house inmates who are being punished.
The cells are cramped and contain only a padded bench, a combination toilet and sink, and a small shower.
Prisoners are allowed to bring in necessities like clothing, toothpaste, and soap, as well as a pen and paper, the New York Times reported.
They may also be permitted to receive books and magazines in some circumstances, though that must first be approved by prison officials.
The cells are also monitored by surveillance cameras 24-hours a day, and guards check in on prisoners every 30 minutes to assess their welfare.
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