Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man, George Floyd, made his first appearance in court, where his bail was set at $ 1.25 million.
Prosecutors cited the “seriousness of the allegations” and public outrage as a reason to increase the former officer’s bail by $ 1 million.
Derek Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other arresting officers have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.
George Floyd’s death in May led to global protests and calls for police reform.
Derek Chauvin, who is white, knelt on George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while he was arrested in Minneapolis on May 25.
The 44-year-old and the other three police officers have since been fired.
Meanwhile, mourners in Houston, Texas, where George Floyd lived before moving to Minneapolis, examined his body, which was publicly displayed for six hours at the Fountain of Praise.
A private funeral will be held in Houston on June 9. Funeral services have already been held in Minneapolis and North Carolina, where George Floyd was born.
A family member is believed to have accompanied George Floyd’s body on a flight to Texas on June 6.
Joe Biden is expected to visit George Floyd’s relatives in Houston to express his sympathies. Aides to the former vice president said they would also record a video message for the service on June 9th.
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Derek Chauvin, a 19-year police veteran, did not comment as he appeared in a teleconference on June 8.
During the 15-minute hearing, the former officer did not speak and was handcuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit while sitting at a small table.
Judge Janice M. Reding set bail at $ 1.25 million without preconditions, or $ 1 million under conditions that included Derek Chauvin not contacting George Floyd’s family, surrendering his firearms and not working for law enforcement. or security while waiting for a trial.
His lawyer did not object to the bail price.
Derek Chauvin is currently being held in Minnesota State Prison in Oak Park Heights after being transferred several times.
His next appearance in court is on June 29.
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Derek Chavin is charged with three separate charges: second-degree manslaughter, third-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter, for which the maximum sentences are 40, 25 and 10 years in prison, respectively.
By bringing multiple charges, prosecutors are choosing jurors and increasing their chances of conviction.
The Minneapolis City Council voted to ban the detention and detention of police officers, and Democrats in Congress introduced extensive legislation on police reform.
Protests against racism, which began with the death of George Floyd, are now entering their third week in the United States. Huge rallies were held in several cities, including Washington, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
With blatant shouts of “Black life matters” and “No justice, no peace,” the demonstrations are among the largest protests in the United States against racism since the 1960s. The June 6 meetings included a protest in the Texas city of Vidor, once scandalous as a stronghold of the white Supremacist Ku Klux Klan.