Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd is now a free man for now according to Associated Press. Chauvin was released from prison on Wednesday after court records show he posted a non-cash $1 million bond backed by donations. His trial is currently scheduled for March 2021.
Chauvin recently asked a judge to dismiss the murder charges entirely. He still faces 2nd-degree murder, 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter after leaving his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, which has a legal defence fund, did not provide any money for bail, a spokeswoman said. A message left with the union representing Minneapolis police officers was not returned.
Chauvin had the option of posting bail for $1.25 million without conditions or $1 million with conditions. Under the conditions of his release, he must attend all court appearances, cannot have any direct or indirect contact – including social media – with any members of Floyd’s family, cannot work in law enforcement or security, and must not possess any firearms ammunition.
The other three officers previously posted bail amounts of $750,000 and have been free pending trial. Currently, all four men are scheduled to face trial together in March, but the judge is weighing a request to have them tried separately.
BREAKING: The former Minneapolis officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd has posted bond and has been released from prison. According to court documents, Derek Chauvin posted a $1 million bond. https://t.co/BDaced9XHD
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 7, 2020