Today The bond may be reduced to a million dollars
Derek Chauvin the former Minepolis police officer accused of ending the life of George Floyd has appeared this Monday for the first time before the court chaired by Judge Jeannice Jenkins, who has posted bail of $ 1.25 million, with the option of reducing it to one million dollars if the defendant agrees to comply with the law, appear in court, do not work for the security or private security forces, give up firearms and any weapons permit, do not leave the state of Minnesota, and have no contact with George Floyd's family.
Neither Chauvin nor his lawyer Eric Nelson, objected to the bond or to these conditions during this court hearing that lasted for about fifteen minutes. The defendant has appeared telematically before the judge from Oak Park Heighs Prison, where he is incarcerated on charges of second degree murder. This news comes five days after Minnesota State Attorney General Keith Ellison toughened the charges and included in the case the three other former law enforcement officers present at the time.
Ellison He explained in an appearance before journalists that he decided to raise the accusation against Chauvin to the charge of second-degree murder, after being accused on May 29 of third-degree murder and reckless manslaughter. According to Minnesota state law, third-degree murder is one that causes the person to be killed unintentionally through an eminently dangerous act and can carry a prison sentence of no more than 25 years. Second degree murder on the other hand, is the one that causes the death of someone unintentionally while inflicting or trying to inflict damage and can be punished with up to 40 years in prison.
This prosecutor also filed charges against former police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane – detained on a bond of $ 750,000 -, present during the detention of Floyd, for aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Floyd's murder has been the trigger for a series of protests in different parts of the United States since the end of May, where some 40 cities declared a night curfew to try to stop the disorders and looting that led to the protests.