George Floyd death cop Derek Chauvin appears in court via video link and has bail set at $1.25 million – The Sun

THE police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes has appeared in court for the first time via video link to face second-degree murder charges and have his bail set.

Derek Chauvin, 44, had initially been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, but the charges were upgraded on Wednesday.

The former cop appeared before Judge Jeannice Reding at the Hennepin County District Court on Monday afternoon via video link from Oak Park Heights Prison.

His bail was set at $1.25million with no conditions and $1million with conditions that include no police or law enforcement work.

Under these conditions, Chauvin would also have to surrender his firearms or ammunition, his firearm permit and would not be allowed to leave Minnesota or have contact with George Floyd's family.

The defense did not object to the prosecutor's bail proposal.

Chauvin was handcuffed in an orange jail house jumpsuit with a white t-shirt and stated his name and address.

He also answered several questions from the judge including that he still has guns at his property, a FOX journalist reported.

The ex-officer only appeared in court for 11 minutes, it was reported, and will next appear on June 29 at 1.30pm.

The public called for Chauvin to be arrested earlier this month when he was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck during an arrest for eight minutes in a now viral video.

Floyd, 46, later died, and his death has sparked widespread protests and rioting across the United States.

Chauvin faces up to 35 years in prison for over his "inherently dangerous" actions during the tragedy.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison discussed the elevation of Chauvin's charges.

"About nine days ago, the world watched Floyd utter his last words, 'I can’t breathe,' as he pleaded for his life. The world heard Floyd call out for his mama and cry out, 'Don't kill me.'

"I filed an amended complaint that charges former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with murder in the second degree for the death of George Floyd.

"I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge of second-degree murder."

He continued: "The very fact that we have filed these charges means that we believe in them."

Chauvin previously had 18 complaints filed against him, according to CNN.

Two of the complaints were "closed with discipline," an internal affairs public summary shows.

He received a letter of reprimand in both cases.

Chauvin was reprimanded for pulling a woman out of her car in 2007, frisking her and placing her in his squad car after he stopped her for speeding 10 miles per hour over the limit.

His dashboard camera was not activated and a report said he could have interviewed the woman while standing outside her car.

Personnel records show Chauvin served as a military policeman in the US Army in the late 1990s.

He has been awarded two medals of valor since he started as a police officer.

One was for being part of a group of officers who opened fire on a stabbing suspect after the man pointed a shotgun at them in 2006, and the other was for nabbing another man in a domestic incident in 2008.

On Friday, a lawyer alleged that Chauvin illegally voted in the Florida elections while living in Minnesota.

Dan Helm sent Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala a letter to tell her of the ex-cop's voting record, according to Orlando Sentinel.

"While living in Minnesota, working there, paying taxes there, Derek Chauvin cannot claim residency in Orange County.

"His home, residency and where he intends to live is in Minnesota, not Florida," Helm reportedly wrote in the letter.

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