Minneapolis ex-policeman Derek Chauvin who has charges against him for who killing George Floyd made his first court appearance. His bail amount was set at $1.25 million. The prosecutors stated that the severity of charges against him and the public outrage is the reasons behind an increased amount for bail.
Derek Chauvin faced charges of second-degree manslaughter. His arrest was followed by the arrest of three more officers who allowed the murder to happen. All four of them have been fired from the police department.
George Floyd funeral
Mourners in Houston where George Floyd lived before shifting to Minneapolis paid condolences to his body publicly as he was kept on display for six hours at Fountain of Praise church. On Tuesday, there was a private service in Houston.
There have already been memorial services in George Floyd’s birthplace in North Carolina and Minneapolis, where he lived. The family of Floyd escorted the body on a flight to Houston on June 6.
Joe Biden, the democratic US presidential candidate met George Floyd’s family personally in Houston and sympathized with their grief. The family attorney said that Joe heard their pain and shared their grief. The person took to Twitter to share a photo of that moment as well.
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) June 8, 2020
Derek Chauvin was 19 years into the service of a policeman. He did not enter a plea and was summoned on a teleconference on Monday. He didn’t say anything during the 15-minute long hearing. Chauvin was handcuffed and sat a small table with the orange jumpsuit like other prisoners.
Judge Jeannie M Reding gave the bail amount of $1.25 million without preconditions or $1 million with conditions. The conditions include Chauvin not contacting Floyd’s family and surrendering firearms he has with him and not working under the security of law enforcement while he is on trial. Chauvin’s lawyer didn’t object to the bail price.
Chauvin is currently held at Minnesota state prison situated in Oak Park Heights. His next hearing date is June 29.
Accusations against Derek Chauvin
There are two charges against Derek Chauvin, the main person involved in the case. First, he is charged with unintentional second-degree murder, which can escalate to third-degree murder if the court suggests. The second case against him is second-degree manslaughter. For this, the maximum penalties he has to pay is being jailed for 10 to 40 years. There can be further charges on him, but there are hardly any chances of him having a first-degree murder charge.
Prosecutors bringing in multiple charges might extend his term in jail and also the trial period. The Minneapolis city council has collectively voted to ban chokeholds and neck restraints by the police department. The Democrats in Congress are sweeping legislation to reform laws for the police department.
France Minister Christophe Castaner announced that police will no longer be able to use chokeholds for arresting people. The police waterdog of France informed that there were more than 1,500 complaints against police officers for alleged assaults in the last year.