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Derek Chauvin, ex-police officer accused of killing George Floyd, out on $1 million bail

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, has been released from jail on a $1,000,000 non-cash bond, Minnesota court documents filed Wednesday show.

Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for at least eight minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe and became motionless. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Allegheny Casualty Company is listed as the surety for Chauvin on a court document. A surety bond requires someone to sign an agreement to pay the bond amount, if the defendant violates the conditions of the bond. 

Among the conditions for release included in previously-filed court documents: Chauvin is to have no direct contact with the victim’s family, he is not allowed to work in law enforcement or security, and he cannot leave the state without court permission.

The Department of Corrections confirmed Chauvin was no longer in custody at the state’s facility in Oak Park Heights, where he had been detained.

Online court documents say Chauvin is due in court March 8, 2021. 

This May 31, 2020, file photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff shows former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested Friday, May 29, in the May 25 death of George Floyd. Chauvin had more than a dozen misconduct complaints against him before he put his knee on George Floyd's neck. (Hennepin County Sheriff via AP, File)

Floyd’s killing, captured on video, sparked worldwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality.

Defense attorneys for Chauvin have asked a judge to dismiss the murder charges against him, arguing that Floyd’s alleged drug use, not the improper use of force by the officer, was to blame for his death.

Three other officers, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. All four were fired.

The other three officers previously posted bail amounts of $750,000 and have been free pending trial. Currently, all four men are scheduled to face trial together in March, but the judge is weighing a request to have them tried separately.

Contributing: Doug Stanglin; Karen Madden, Wausau Daily Herald; The Associated Press

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