In a Monday court hearing, the Ex-Minneapolis police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd for close to 9 minutes had his bail amount pegged at $1.2 Million by a judge.
Derek Chauvin who appeared in court in an orange prison jumpsuit and handcuffs via a video link had his sentence reduced to $1 Million if he would accept certain terms of conditions.
As part of the conditions, Chauvin will have a reduced bail amount of $1 Million if she agrees not to work in law enforcement, not come into contact with George Floyd’s family, surrender all his fire arms and permits and not leave Minnesota.
Chauvin’s attorney did not object to terms of the bail hearing. He said any objections to the bail conditions will be tabled in subsequent hearings.
Derek Chauvin was at the centre of the killing of George Floyd, an African-American who was been arrested on the suspicion of forgery last week. He knelt on Floyd’s neck until the latter passed out and died moments later.
He was arrested and charged with third degree murder. His charged was later upgraded to 2nd degree murder. Three other police officers who were involved in the killing have also been arrested and charged.
Officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
The three officers have their bail amounts pegged at $1 Million each. According to records, the three could have their amounts reduced to $750,000 with conditions. Derek Chauvin and the three other officers are expected to appear in court on June 29.
Floyd’s death sparked protests worldwide spanning more than a week.