Derek Chauvin: George Floyd murder suspect released from prison on $ 1 million bail

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Derek Chauvin posted bail and was released from prison Wednesday morning, court records show


The former US police officer charged with the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd has been released on bail.

Derek Chauvin posted a $ 1million (£ 774,000) bond and was released on Wednesday morning, court records show.

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

Mr Floyd’s death has led to global protests and calls for police reform, spurred on by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mr. Chauvin was fired from his job and is now awaiting trial in March next year for second degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers – J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao – were also fired and charged with aiding and abetting murder.

The four officers charged in connection with Mr. Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have now posted bail and are free until their trial next year.

Chauvin had been in the maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, since the end of May.

In June, a judge set a bond of $ 1.25 million without preconditions, or $ 1 million with conditions such as Mr. Chauvin not contacting Mr. Floyd’s family, surrendering his guns and does not work in law enforcement or security while awaiting trial.

Mr. Chauvin was released on bail, which court records said was guaranteed by a bail agency, CBS Minnesota reported.

In the United States, bail officers promise to pay authorities the full amount of bail for defendants if they cannot afford it or if they do not appear in court.

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Clockwise from top left corner: Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng


Mr. Chauvin was released on Wednesday shortly before 11:30 a.m. local time (5:30 p.m. GMT), according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Mr. Floyd’s family, said Mr. Chauvin’s release on bail was a “painful reminder” that “we are still a long way from doing George justice”.

“Although George Floyd has been denied justice in life, we will not rest until he is fully sentenced to death,” said Mr. Crump.

Currently, the four accused officers are to be tried together in March, but a judge is considering trying them separately.

The incident that led to their lawsuits exposed deep wounds related to racial inequality in the United States.

The Black Lives Matter protests – some of which have turned violent – have become a central political issue in the run-up to the November presidential election in the United States.

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