Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin appeared via video-conference for his initial hearing in connection to the death last month of African-American man George Floyd.
Court records confirm a judge set Chauvin’s bail at $1.25 million without conditions or $1 million with conditions, including having no contact with Floyd’s family and agreeing not to leave the state.
Authorities indicted Chauvin with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter after a video surfaced of him holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes May 25 during a call about a possible forgery in progress. A medical examiner’s report showed Chauvin’s decision to keep pressing his knee to Floyd, despite pleas from both him and bystanders, helped cause his death.
Chauvin and three other police officers who responded to the call, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao, were ousted amid nationwide uproar over the situation. Lane, Kueng, and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.