Ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Released From Jail

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, was released on a $1 million dollar bond on Wednesday (October 7).

Chauvin was released on a conditional release from maximum security Oak Park Heights prison in Minnesota, where he had been held since May 31, Fox 9 Minneapolis reported. He is expected to appear in court in March 2021, according to NBC News.

The former officer, who is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter, was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes during an arrest on May 25. He as well as three other former officersThomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — were fired and charged in Floyd’s death, which sparked national protests over racial injustice.

The three other officers — Lane, Thao and Kueng — were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

Photo: Hennepin County Jail

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