Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was in prison for killing African-American man George Floyd in May this year, got out on a 1 million dollar bail on Wednesday, 7th October 2020.
Chauvin had the option of applying bail for 1.25 million dollars without conditions or 1 million dollars with conditions.
Under the conditions of his release, he is to attend all court appearances. He cannot have any direct or indirect contact including social media contact with any members of the victim, Floyd’s family. Chauvin also cannot work in law enforcement or security, and cannot possess any firearms or ammunition.
The disgraced cop was charged with second and third-degree murder and manslaughter. He was seen on a video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as he died.
Reaction To the Bail Of The US Cop Charged With George Floyd’s Death
Floyd’s family lawyers said the bail order indicates that justice is still far away for George Floyd. The lawyers said that Derek Chauvin’s release on a bond of 1 million dollars is a painful reminder to the victim’s family that we are still far from achieving justice.
According to reports, hundreds of peaceful protesters came out on the streets of Minneapolis after Chauvin’s release.
Three other officers also had involvement in Floyd’s death. The accused are J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao. They also faced arrest on charges of aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Governor Tim Walz, earlier on the day of the grant of the bail had activated the Minnesota National Guard to prepare for potential agitations in the state.
The Incident That Leads To The Arrest Of The Three Cops
On 25th May 2020, four police officials detained Floyd after he had allegedly used a counterfeit bill at a store in Minnesota. One of them was Derek Chauvin, who was kneeling on Floyd’s neck as the others were watching and did nothing to stop him. Floyd did not possess any firearms or ammunition. Passersby even stopped to question the officers. Protests grew after a video that was shared around showed Chauvin kneeling for almost nine minutes on Floyd’s neck. The African-American was pleading with the officials saying that he can’t breathe. He died on the spot due to this.
An autopsy ordered by Floyd’s family found that he died of asphyxiation. And it was due to neck and back compression. The autopsy also showed that the compression cut off blood to Floyd’s brain and that the pressure of other officers’ knees on his back made it impossible for him to breathe.