Minneapolis Cop Accused Of Killing George Floyd Was Just Released From Prison After Posting Bond

GFY, 2020.

588 points

The United States has been reeling amid multiple crises, including the raging pandemic, a collapsing economy, and George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police officers. So, it’s not going to calm the waters now that former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, has just been released from a correctional facility Wednesday and posted bail. Chauvin was the officer that held his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes while he called out for his deceased mother.

Chauvin was being held at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, where he had also been appearing in court remotely for all but the most recent hearing during which he and the other three officers that were charged — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao — appeared in person, CBS Minnesota reports.

Chauvin reportedly left the facility at 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday to be transferred to Hennepin County Jail to post bail.

Chauvin’s unconditional bail was set at $1.25 million, or $1 million with conditions; according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s roster, he was released on conditional bail. According to state court records, Chauvin posted a non-cash bond guaranteed by Allegheny Casualty.

All four officers have now been released on bond. Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges after a video that went viral showed him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for around nine minutes during an arrest on May 25. Chauvin is expected to appear in court in March of next year, according to his notice of release filed in court.

And we’re not sure how a police officer can come up with one million dollars to post bail, but maybe Trump supporters pitched in just like they’re doing with Kyle Rittenhouse. These are strange times, indeed.

Perhaps part of the money came from the sale of his home:

Floyd’s murder sparked protests around the country that eventually went global. The outrage was deafening and at a time in which Americans felt as if this one unarmed Black man’s murder was just too much to take after countless others had died in the same fashion — unarmed.

No justice, no peace. And in this case, maybe, just maybe, we’ll see justice when Chauvin is tried in a court of law in 2021. Law and order, right, Mr. President?

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