Derek Chauvin posts $1M bail after being charged with murder in George Floyd’s death

Derek Chauvin was released on a conditional bail after being charged with murder in the death of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested and charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, has posted a $1 million bail on Wednesday according to his attorney, Eric Nelson.

Chauvin was released just after 11 a.m. from the Hennepin County, CNN reports. Under Minnesota law, Chauvin only had to pay 10% of his required bail which was up to up to $100,000.

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George Floyd was killed this past spring while in the custody of police. (Credit: Getty Images)

“I can confirm he is no longer in our custody,” said Sarah Fitzgerald, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

The jail records indicated that Chauvin was released on a conditional bail but it was not yet made clear what conditions he is under. His next court appearance is slated for March 2021 per the notice of release which was filed in court.

As theGrio reported, Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death. Bystander video captured Chauvin placing a knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes despite the pleas of Floyd.

“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe,” Floyd begged in one video. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe.”

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Left to right: Former Minneapolis officers Tou Thao, Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane. (Photo: Katie Couric/Instagram | Hennepin County Sheriff)

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Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter. All four officers were fired.

Chauvin asked a judge in August to dismiss the charges against him and declared there was no probable cause according to court documents.  Prosecutors argued differently.

“Mr. Floyd was treated with particular cruelty,” prosecutors wrote. “Despite Mr. Floyd’s pleas that he could not breathe and was going to die, as well as the pleas of eyewitnesses to get off Mr. Floyd and help him, Defendant and his codefendants continued to restrain Mr. Floyd.”

Floyd’s death revitalized the Black Lives Matter movement and protests swept the nation and globally with the demand for police reform.

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