Floyd murder: Ex-police officer Chauvin released on $1m bond
Published: 12:55 PM, 8 October 2020 Updated: 02:32 PM, 8 October 2020
Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged for killing George Floyd, was released from Minnesota jail on Wednesday on $1 million bail; Photo: Collected
Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged for killing George Floyd, the African-American whose death sparked a mass protest movement in the United States, was released from Minnesota jail on Wednesday on $1 million bail.
The former police officer, who was video-recorded pressing his knee to handcuffed Floyd’s neck during an arrest in May until Floyd went limp, is charged with second and third-degree murder and manslaughter.
According to AFP, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office posted a notice of his release after more than four months in jail, after Chauvin was able to post the hefty bond.
The 44-year-old former Minneapolis police officer is to face trial in March 2021 along with three other former police officers – Thomas Lane, Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter –over Floyd’s death.
Floyd’s death on May 25 became a symbol of “systemic racism” and abuse of African Americans by police, and sparked protests across the country that continue under the banner of “Black Lives Matter”.
Prosecutors called the death “vicious, brutal, and dehumanizing”, which came after Floyd was detained for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill.
However, all four defendants say the decision to restrain Floyd was “reasonably justified” and also cited that drugs found in his coroner system may have been the primary cause of death.
The officers were all fired one day after Floyd’s death, reflecting the growing seriousness with which US cities are beginning to take police abuse allegations.