The former US policeman charged with the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd has been released from prison on bail.
Court records show that Derek Chauvin posted a $1m (£774,000) bond and was released on Wednesday morning. The officer was caught on tape, pressing his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes before he died on 25th May.
Mr. Floyd’s death led to global protests and entails police reform, spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Chauvin along with the three other officers – J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao – who were present at the crime scene, were fired from their job and now await trial in March next year on charges of manslaughter and second-degree murder,
All four officers accused in reference to the killing of Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have now posted bail and are free until their trial next year.
A bail of $1.25m with no preconditions, or $1m with conditions, which included Chauvin not contacting Mr. Floyd’s family, was set by a judge in June this year, surrendering his firearms and not working in enforcement or security as he awaits trial. He was released on conditional bail, which according to the court records was guaranteed by a bail-bond agency, CBS Minnesota reported.
As the law in the US goes, bail-bond agents promise to pay authorities the complete bail amount for defendants if they can’t afford to do so or fail to seem at court.
Consistent with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Chauvin was released from custody shortly before 11:30 civil time (17:30 GMT) on Wednesday,
Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer representing Mr. Floyd’s family, said Chauvin’s release on bail was a painful reminder that we are still far away from achieving justice for George.
“Although George Floyd was denied justice in life, we’ll not rest until he’s afforded full justice in death,” Mr. Crump said.
The Black Lives Matter demonstrations – a number of which turned violent – became a central political issue within the run-up to November’s presidential election within the US.