The Minneapolis ex-cop charged in the police-custody death of George Floyd was released from prison Wednesday on a $1 million bond.
Derek Chauvin, 44, who faces murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd’s May 25 death, walked out of the Oak Parks Heights prison after posting the hefty bond, KMSP-TV reported.
Chauvin, who had been behind bars for more than four months, had been the last of the four fired Minneapolis cops charged in the high-profile case to remain in jail pending trial.
Viral video of Floyd’s fatal encounter with police on Memorial Day sparked worldwide outrage and massive Black Lives Matter protests.
The footage shows the cops pin a handcuffed Floyd to the ground outside a convenience store at East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in the Minnesota city after he allegedly tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill.
Chauvin is seen pressing his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes despite Floyd’s repeated pleas of “I can’t breathe.”
Chauvin and the three other officers — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — were all fired and charged after the incident.
Kueng, Lane and Thao are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. All three were released on bail earlier pending trial.
A lawyer for Lane has claimed that Floyd died due to an overdose of fentanyl, not the police restraint.