Derek Chauvin, charged with second-degree murder for the death of George Floyd, made his first appearance in court.
The murder of George Floyd was all too familiar. With a knee pressing against Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in broad day. Protests across the world have demanded justice, but even after Chauvin and the three other officers were arrested and charged, that's only the first part of this battle.
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Per CNN, Chauvin appeared in court virtually from Oak Park Heights prison where he faced Judge Jeannice Reding. The judge accepted the prosecutors' motion to set an unconditional bail at $1.25M. Conditional bail was set at $1M with conditions including that he has no other run-in with the law, making future appearances, does not work in any security of law enforcement field in any capacity, handing over any firearms, ammunition, and any permits. He's also required to stay within Minnesota and have no contact with George Floyd's family. Additionally, he must waive extradition after his release. His defense had not opposed this motion in court.
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, though prosecutors also added a second-degree murder charge in an amended filing. Chauvin was caught on camera putting his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly 9-minutes. The other three officers in the case have also been arrested and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. We'll keep you updated on more news surrounding this case.