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Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter, was released from Oak Park Heights prison, where he had been held since May 31.
Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell previously told FOX 9 such transfers of high-profile subjects from a county jail to state prison are “not uncommon.”
Judge Jeannice M. Reding set bail for Chauvin four months ago, putting it at $1 million with conditions or $1.25 million without conditions.
Chauvin, an ex-police officer, is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was in handcuffs. Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd died May 25.
Who is Derek Chauvin?
According to relatives and acquaintances, Chauvin seemed like a “regular guy”. His relatives are still reeling from the aftermath of his arrest, and some of them say the incident was “out of character” for him, according to a report from the Star Tribune.
The article also mentions that Chauvin had an ordinary, middle-class upbringing in the St. Paul area. He is a former military soldier who always seemed to be studying to become a police officer according to one of his platoon sergeants.
Has Chauvin Done Anything Like This in The Past?
Chauvin joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 2001. He’s used neck restraints in the past since at least 2014 says AP News.
The article also stated that in addition to the arrests in which Chauvin used neck or head and upper body restraints, prosecutors also listed an August 2015 incident in which Chauvin saw other officers place a suicidal and intoxicated male into a side-recovery position after using a stun gun on him.
Prosecutors noted the officers received a commendation after medical professionals said the male could have died if they prolonged his detention.
What Happens to Chauvin Now?
By posting the lower bail amount, Chauvin will have to abide by all laws, have no contact with Floyd’s family and surrender any guns and firearms licenses. He will also be required not to leave Minnesota.