Minneapolis: Police officer Derek Chauvin, who murdered George Floyd, made his first court appearance. A Minneapolis judge sets a $1 million bail. Chauvin pressed George Floyd’s knee and handcuffed Floyd’s neck until he expired, which was filmed.
Dressed in an orange prison suit, Chauvin, 44, answered questions matter-of-factly in the procedural hearing, which did not require him to submit a plea.
Hennepin County District Court Jeannice Reding set his bail at $1 million with conditions, and $1.25 million without conditions.
Meeting the conditions would require him to surrender his firearms, not work in law enforcement or security in any capacity, agree not to leave the state and have no contact with the family of Floyd.
State prosecutor Matthew Frank had asked for a high bail, calling Chauvin a flight risk due to both the severity of the charges and the strong public reaction to the case.
Reding sat a June 29 date for the next hearing in the case.
Three other Minneapolis officers who were with Chauvin when Floyd was arrested have been charged with aiding and abetting the murder and are still being held in a local jail.
All four were fired the day after Floyd’s death.