On Monday, a sum of $1.25 million was set as bail for the Minneapolis ex-police officer, Derek Chauvin who was charged with the murder of George Floyd.
This was disclosed the same day mourners paid their respects in the hometown of Houston to the African-American man whose death has sparked massive protests for racial justice in the United States and across the globe.
Chauvin who was filmed pressing his knee on the handcuffed Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes until he expired, made his first court appearance on Monday.
The 44-year-old former cop appeared by video from state prison to face charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and mansla ughter.
According to BBC, the 19-year veteran of the police force could face decades in prison if convicted.
In a proced ural hearing that did not require Chauvin to submit a plea, the Hennepin County District Court judge set his bail at $1 million with conditions and $1.25 million with out conditions.
Meeting the conditions would require him to surrender his firearms, not work in law enforcement or security in any capacity, and have no contact with the family of Floyd.
Three other Minneapolis police officers who have since been fired also appeared in court last week to face a charge of aiding and abetting Floyd’s murder for their roles in his arrest for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
The tributes comes a day after the Minneapolis city council voted to dismantle and rebuild the police department in the Minnesota city where the 46-year-old Floyd died during a May 25 arrest.
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