George Floyd murder suspect released from jail on $1m bail

George Floyd murder suspect released from jail on $1m bail
Derek Chauvin posted bond and was released from jail on Wednesday morning, court records show. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: The former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd has been released from prison on whopping $1m bail.

Derek Chauvin posted a $1m bond and was released on Wednesday morning, court records show.

The white officer was filmed on 25 May pressing his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes before he died.

The death led to global calls and protests for police reform, spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mr Chauvin was fired from his job after the incident and now awaits trial in March next year on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers – Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao – were also fired and charged with aiding and abetting murder.

All four officers accused in connection with the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have now posted bail and are free until their trial next year.

Since late May, Chauvin had been at the maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota.

A judge set a bail of $1.25m with no preconditions in June or $1m with conditions which include Mr Chauvin not contacting Mr Floyd’s family, surrendering his firearms and not working in law enforcement or security as he awaits trial.

The former police officer was released on conditional bail, which court records showed was guaranteed by a bail-bond agency, CBS Minnesota reported.

In the United States, bail-bond agents promise to pay authorities the full bail amount for defendants if they cannot afford do so or fail to appear at court. According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. Mr Chauvin was released from custody shortly before 11:30 local time (17:30 GMT) on Wednesday.

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