A Minneapolis judge bailed out $ 1 million for police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday when he first appeared in court for murdering George Floyd, the 46-year-old African American whose death was a nationwide protest triggered.
Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 when he handcuffed his knee to the end of Floyd's neck until the end of his life, appeared on video from the Minnesota State Prison and was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.
The 44-year-old Chauvin, who was wearing an orange prison suit, answered factual questions at the trial, for which he had no objection.
Hennepin's District Court, Jeannice Reding, conditionally set his bail at $ 1 million and unconditionally at $ 1.25 million.
In order to meet the conditions, he would have to surrender his firearms, not work in any form of law enforcement or security, agree to not leave the state, and have no contact with the Floyd family.
Prosecutor Matthew Frank had requested a bail, and Chauvin had been called a flight risk because of the seriousness of the charge and the strong public response to the case.
Reding had an appointment on June 29 for the next hearing in the case.
Three other Minneapolis officials who were with Chauvin when Floyd was arrested have been charged with helping with the murder and are still in a local prison.
All four were fired the day after Floyd's death.
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