Minneapolis judge bailed policeman Derek Chauvin on $ 1 million Monday when he first appeared in court for the murder of George Floyd, the 46-year-old African American man whose death sparked the story nationwide protests.
Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 with his knee pressed against Floyd’s handcuffed neck until he expired, appeared on video from Minnesota State Prison to face charges of second degree murder , one count of third degree murder and one count of manslaughter.
Dressed in an orange prison suit, Chauvin, 44, answered questions factually during the procedural hearing, which did not require him to plead.
Hennepin County District Court Jeannice Reding set bail at $ 1 million with conditions and $ 1.25 million without conditions.
Compliance with these conditions would oblige him to surrender his firearms, not to work in law enforcement or security in any capacity whatsoever, to agree not to leave the state and to have no contact with Floyd’s family.
The public prosecutor, Matthew Frank, asked for a high bail, describing Chauvin as a risk of absconding due to both the gravity of the charges and the strong public reaction to the case.
Reding sat on June 29 for the next hearing in the matter.
Three other Minneapolis officers who were with Chauvin when Floyd was arrested have been charged with aiding and abetting the murder and are still being held in a local jail.
All four were laid off the day after Floyd died.
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