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Ex-officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck posts $1 million bond, is released pending trial

Derek Chauvin. Britain's Daily Mail published segments of two leaked body-worn camera videos showing the arrest and death of George Floyd in May at the hands of Minneapolis police.(Hennepin County Sheriff's Office/TNS)

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer charged with murdering George Floyd on Memorial Day, posted a $1 million bond Wednesday and has been released from the state prison where he has been held pending his trial, which is scheduled to begin in March.

Records show Chauvin was released at 11:22 a.m., according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

Chauvin was initially booked into the Hennepin County jail after he was charged in Floyd’s May 25 death, and then moved to the state prison at Oak Park Heights. He is charged with one count each of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin is the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd repeatedly pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.

It’s unclear where Chauvin is staying. According to Washington County property records, the Oakdale home Chauvin shared with his wife, Kellie Chauvin, who filed for a divorce, was sold on Aug. 28 for $279,000.

His attorney, Eric Nelson, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

At a June court hearing, District Judge Jeannice Reding set his bail at $1 million with conditions and $1.25 million without conditions.

The conditions include: that he remain law abiding, that he not have any contact with Floyd’s family, that he not work in law enforcement or security, that he surrender any firearms and licenses to carry, that he remain in Minnesota under court supervision, and that he sign a waiver of extradition upon his release.

Three of Chauvin’s former colleagues who assisted with Floyd’s arrest — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — each are charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. All three previously posted bond and have been out of custody for months.

Several motions in the case, including motions filed by defense attorneys to dismiss the cases against each defendant or to move the trial outside of Hennepin County, are pending.


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