“#Derek Chauvin, cop charged with George Floyd’s murder, held on up to $1.25M bail”
June 8, 2020 | 2:22pm | Updated June 8, 2020 | 2:57pm
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Fire police officer Derek Chauvin appeared before a judge by video conference from jail, where he was handcuffed and sitting at a small conference table, the Star Tribune reported.
Minnesota Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank asked Circuit Court Judge Denise Reilly for an increase in Chauvin’s bail to $1 million with conditions or $1.25 million without conditions — up from $750,000 and $1 million, respectively.
Under conditional release, Chauvin would be required to turn over any guns he owns, not travel outside of state lines, not serve in a law enforcement role, and to avoid any contact with Floyd’s family.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson did not object, the outlet said.
He’s due back in court on June 29.
Chauvin, 44, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25 death of Floyd, who died after being pinned down by the cop’s knee for nearly 9 minutes while pleading repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.”
Floyd’s death, caught on viral video, has sparked worldwide outrage and massive demonstrations calling for justice racial equality across the US and in dozens of countries on five continents.
Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder, but the charges were upgraded after an outcry from Floyd’s family and other supporters.
The three other officers involved in the incident — Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao — are charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
Monday marked Chauvin’s first court appearance since he was charged May 29.
All four cops were fired by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey the day after the incident, and Chauvin was arrested the day after that.
The officers’ encounter with Floyd began when they received a 911 call that Floyd attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at Cut Foods on South Chicago Avenue around 8 p.m. on Memorial Day.
Videos of the incident show a minor struggle when officers remove Floyd from his vehicle, but then show him being led away with his hands cuffed behind his back. He’s later seen falling briefly near a police vehicle before he is seen on the ground pleading for air.
Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis department, has been the subject of more than a dozen complaints over his career.
His arraignment comes as a memorial and funeral services for Floyd were held in his hometown of Houston.
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