Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested for the death of George Floyd, was given a $1.25 million bail during his hearing. Hennepin County Judge Denise Reilly handed down the ruling, which could be lowered to $1 million if the officer meets certain requirements.
Monday was Chauvin’s first court appearance since his arrest, which was done virtually. Under Minnesota law, “no plea is entered in the first appearance om a complaint. His next court appearance was set for June 29” reported National Review.
Video emerged of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost ten minutes resulting in his death. Official Autopsy results “found that Floyd’s death was caused by cardiac arrest as police restrained him and Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes. The report also revealed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use in Floyd’s system but did not list the use of those substances as the cause of death” according to the National Review.
Democratic Minnesota governor Tim Walz appointed democratic Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison to lead the investigation against Chauvin. Ellison, an African American who has openly supported Antifa, upgraded murder charges against Chauvin from third-degree to second-degree without intent, as well as second-degree manslaughter.
Three other officers with Chauvin have also been charged by Ellison. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao have each been charged as accomplices, with one count of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.