$ 1 million bond against police accused of murdering George Floyd

Dereck Chauvin, the former police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, appeared for the first time before a Minneapolis judge on Monday. A $ 1 million release bond was made on terms.

He has become the face of police brutality around the world. Dereck Chauvin, the police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, appeared for the first time before a Minneapolis judge Monday, June 8.

The 44-year-old man appeared in an orange prison suit for a procedural hearing organized with video from the high security prison where he is being held. In a neutral voice, he answered questions from Judge Jeannice Reding, especially agreeing to abandon his arms or refraining from appearing in person.

He is charged with murder for assaulting two weeks ago George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The drama sparked protests worldwide and calls for reform of police in the United States.

Conditional bond with a million dollars

During this first appearance, Hennepin County Justice Reding fixed his bail to a million dollars with multiple terms, or 1.25 million unconditional, if he wants to get a contest before his trial. His lawyer Eric Nelson made no objection to this sum, which he probably could not collect.

Prosecutor Matthew Frank emphasized that the tragedy “obviously had a strong impact” on the population and that Derek Chauvin risked fleeing prosecution and public reaction. The parties have agreed to meet for a next hearing on June 29, which will, for the first time, deal with the matter.

Three other officers, who had witnessed the scene, were arrested and charged with involvement.

With AFP