Bail increased to $1.25 million for former officer Derek Chauvin

By: - June 8, 2020 3:19 pm

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes in May, killing him.

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s bail was increased Monday afternoon as he appeared in court for the first time facing a second-degree murder charger after he was captured on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes.

Chauvin is also charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd, an unarmed Black man.

Prosecutor Matthew Frank asked District Court Judge Jeannice Reding to raise Chauvin’s bail from $1 million to $1.25 million without conditions, and from $750,000 to $1 million with conditions. Frank argued that the “severity of the charges” and strong public opinion against Chauvin made him more likely to be a flight risk. 

“Obviously, the death of George Floyd has had a strong reaction in the community, to put it mildly,” Frank said during the hearing.

Neither Chauvin nor his lawyer, Eric Nelson, objected.

Nelson was present in the courtroom while Chauvin appeared by video feed. Chauvin sat quietly for most of the 15 minute hearing, handcuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit. 

Chauvin waived a reading of the complaint against him, but Frank summarized the charges by describing how Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck “while he went limp and eventually lifeless,” Frank said.

Chauvin’s next appearance was set for 1:30 p.m. June 29.

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Hannah Black

Hannah Black is a freelance journalist in the Twin Cities. Most recently she covered city government, public safety and business for an east metro newspaper.