Ex-police officer charged with murder of George Floyd posts $1m bail – and leaves prison

A former police officer charged with murder over the death of George Floyd has posted $1m (£775,000) bail.

Derek Chauvin was released from jail on Wednesday, according to court documents in Minnesota.

Mr Floyd was killed on 25 May in Minneapolis, and his death sparked protests across the world after footage showing his last moments was posted online.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 03: Floral tributes lay next to a mural of George Floyd, by street artist Akse, in Manchester's northern quarter on June 03, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Image:George Floyd’s death sparked protests around the world

Chauvin was seen kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds while Mr Floyd said he could not breathe.

Mr Floyd – who was black – was in handcuffs at the time while Chauvin – who is white – was kneeling on him.

Chauvin’s bail posted a non-cash bond, which was backed by Allegheny Casualty Company, an insurance corporation.

He had been in custody at a state correctional facility in Oak Park Heights, and has now been released.

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His bail is conditional, and stipulates that he cannot work in law enforcement or contact Mr Floyd’s family. He also has to give up any firearms licences or permits he holds.

Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao have also been charged over the death alongside Chauvin.

They face charges of aiding and abetting, and also posted bail – each valued at $750,000 (£580,361).

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All four officers have been fired.

A trial has been scheduled for March 2021, although the judge is weighing whether to try the group separately.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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