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Derek Chauvin Granted Bail Of $1.25m At First Court Appearance.

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is facing murder charges in the fatal arrest of George Floyd, was granted bail Monday at his first court appearance.

Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. The former officer appeared in the Hennepin County court through video conferencing from prison, wearing an orange jumpsuit and blue mask.

Image: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.Hennepin County Jail

Judge Jeannice Reding granted the prosecution’s request for a $1.25 million unconditional bail or a lower bail of $1 million with conditions. The $1 million bail conditions would require Chauvin to turn in his firearms and gun permits, have no contact with Floyd’s family, and not work in a security capacity or as an officer while out on bail.

Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, did not object to the requirements and asked for a hearing to be set for June 29. The former officer did not enter a plea.

Video of the incident showed Chauvin putting his knee of Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, despite Floyd crying out that he could not breathe and that he was in pain.

Three other officers in the case were charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin and were granted bail last week.

Floyd’s death has inspired global protests against racial disparities in policing as well as police violence. Protests calling for police reform have been sustained for nearly two weeks across America, but have also popped up internationally in places such as London and Paris.

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