The former Minneapolis police officer responsible for taking the life of Black man George Floyd is roaming the streets again. Ex-cop Derek Chauvin has reportedly been released after posting a million dollar bond.
George Floyd’s Murderer Freed
According to reports, the terminated law enforcement official has remained in custody for months prior to today. Chauvin posted a non-cash bond and his attorney Eric Nelson didn’t immediately address the release details.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, was released on a million dollar bond Wednesday. Chauvin, 44, is facing murder and manslaughter charges after video showed him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes during an arrest on May 25. He was released Wednesday on a conditional release and is expected to appear in court in March of next year, according to his notice of release filed in court. Four officers were terminated from the department and charged in Floyd’s death, which sparked protests over racial injustice across the globe. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. (NBC News)
Derek Chauvin Bail Set
In June 2020, Chauvin – who went viral for using his knee to ultimately end George’s life during an arrest – had his bail set during a hearing. I
Like his fellow officers who were arrested, Chauvin was offered a reduced bail of $1 million if he agrees to certain conditions, including that he not work in security or law enforcement, not have contact with Floyd’s family, not leave Minnesota and surrender all firearms and permits. If he posts bail, his release would be supervised, Judge Jeannice Reding said. Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, blue mask and handcuffs, Chauvin appeared via video link. He is being held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights in Stillwater, outside Minneapolis. (CNN)
Dave Chappelle Addresses’s George Floyd’s Murder
As a result of the outcries from the George Floyd murder, comedian Dave Chappelle released his emotionally-driven “8:46” special to share his take on the aftermath.
The comedian performed the special on June 6 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, for a socially-distanced audience that all wore masks in an outdoor concert setup. Chappelle noted during the set, “This is like the first concert in North America since all this shit happened, so like it or not, it’s history. It’s going to be in the books.” Given its title, much of Chappelle’s “8:46″ special centers around the death of George Floyd and the international protests that have taken place as a result. The comedian praised protestors for standing up against police brutality but added, “It’s hard to figure out what to say about George Floyd, so I’m not going to say it yet.” (Yahoo! Entertainment)
Chappelle Gets Into Police’s Minds
In the special, Chappelle directly references watching the footage of Floyd’s murder. He also didn’t hold back on exploding on the Minneapolis cops all connected to George’s killing.
“This kid thought he was going to die, he knew he was going to die. He called for his mother, he called for his dead mother. I’ve only seen that once before in my life: My father on his deathbed called for his grandmother. When I watched that tape I understood this man knew he was going to die. People watched it, people filmed it, and for some reason that I still don’t understand, all these f*cking police had their hands in their pockets. Who are you talking to? What are you signifying? That you can kneel on a man’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds and feel like you wouldn’t get the wrath of God? That is what is happening right now. It’s not for a single cop, it’s for all of it, f*cking all of it. I don’t mean to get heavy but we gotta say something.” (“8:46”)