George Floyd Murder Suspect Derek Chauvin Has Bail Set At $1.25m

Prosecutors cited the “severity of the charges” and public outrage as the reason for upping his bail from $1m.

George Floyd Murder Suspect Derek Chauvin Has Bail Set At $1.25m
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The former Minneapolis police officer charged for the killing of unarmed George Floyd has made the first appearance in the court on Monday; his bail was set at $1.25m. The prosecutors cited the public outrage and severity of the charges as a reason for upping his bail from $1m.

Derek Chauvin, the white police officer, seen in the video kneeling on Floyd’s neck, has been charged for manslaughter and second-degree murder. Three other police officers present at the scene have also been charged for abetting and aiding.

Floyd’s death triggered mass protests starting from Minneapolis and eventually spread across the US and four other continents. Many cities in Europe also faced anti-racism protests and rallies in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Australia, thousands of people took to streets to highlight the treatment of Aboriginal people in the country.

Meanwhile, in Floyd’s home city Houston, where he lived before moving to Minneapolis, mourners have been viewing his body publicly on display for six hours at The Fountain of Praise church.

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In North Carolina and Minneapolis, memorial services have already been held. A private funeral service will be held in Houston on Tuesday. Media reports suggested that Floyd’s family escorted his body on a flight to Texas on Saturday.

Joe Biden, the Democratic Presidential candidate in November’s election, personally visited the family of late George Floyd on Monday to offer his condolences. Benjamin Crump, the spokesperson of Floyd’s family, welcomed Biden and thanked the former vice president for hearing their pain and sharing their woe.

Biden is also expected to record his message for the Tuesday funeral services, his close aides said. On Monday’s hearing, Derek Chauvin did not enter a plea as he appeared via teleconference. He was wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands cuffed and was not allowed to speak in the 15-minute hearing as he sat on a small table.

Judge Jeannie M Reding set a bail of $1.25 m with no preconditions, or $1m with conditions that included surrendering his firearm, not contacting Floyd’s family, and not working in law enforcement as he awaits trial. However, Chauvin’s lawyer did not object to the bail price.

After being transferred several times, Derek Chauvin is now being held in Oak Park Heights at the Minnesota state prison. His next appearance in court is scheduled for June 29. The former white cop faces three different charges, including second-degree manslaughter, unintentional second-degree murder, and third-degree murder, for which the maximum penalties are 10, 40, and 25 years, respectively.

Associated Press reported that as the prosecutors would have to prove premeditation, intent, and motive, it is unlikely that he will be accused of first-degree murder. Bringing several charges against the police officers boasts the chances of conviction on at least one charge.

Meanwhile, the Minneapolis council has banned neck restraints and chokeholds by police officials, and the democrats in Congress have also unveiled a series of police reforms. France also faced Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend.

Christophe Castaner, the interior minister of France, said the police would no longer be allowed to use chokeholds to arrest citizens. According to the French police watchdog, there were 1,500 complaints against police officers last year and most of them for alleged assaults.

The anti-racist protests in the US have entered the third week, and the recent demonstrations are the largest the country has witnessed since the 1960s. There were episodes of violence and looting, but largely the protests have been peaceful with people wearing face masks and marching for fundamental change.

However, President Trump is in a rift with former senior military officers and administration officials over his response to the unrest in the country and his threat to deploy the army to quell the unrest. On Sunday, cities across the US lifted the lockdowns and curfews, Washington lifted its week-long curfew; Trump also said that he had ordered the National Guard to withdraw from Washington.

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