A black man, George Floyd, was murdered by white police officers, Derek Chauvin for being accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill in a nearby store, officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas K. Lane were also involved in the incident.
This incident has raged protests in Minneapolis and around the U.S. to propel criminal justice reform and denouncing racism and police abuses against black people.
The Hennepin County District Court hearing in Minneapolis was held via a video link on Monday and Derek Chauvin, 44, who faces a charge of second-degree murder along with two lesser counts: third-degree murder and second-degree, is set to bail by Judge Jeannice M. Reding at $1 million with conditions, which makes him eligible for supervised release.
Conditions involve, no contact with Floyd’s family and surrendering any guns and firearms license along with the $1 million bail. It is also obligatory for him not to leave the state.
A bail of $1.25 million without conditions can also release the former police officer.
“Do not work in law enforcement or security” was also added by the judge as a stipulation for Chauvin.
The other 3 former officers that are involved in the murder are facing charges of aiding and abetting murder.
A second degree murder, the top charge against Chauvin, carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison; the third-degree charge has a 25-year maximum sentence.
The charge of second-degree murder was added against Chauvin last week, days after Keith Ellison, state Attorney General, was asked to lead the prosecution by Tim Walz, Minnesota Gov.
The next hearing is to be held on June 29.