Judge sets ex-cop Derek Chauvin’s bail at $1.25 million in George Floyd’s death

The former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing African American man George Floyd has appeared in a US court via video link.

Derek Chauvin had unconditional bail set at US$1.25 million ($1.78 million), and will appear in front of a judge again on June 29.

Chauvin, 44, said almost nothing during an 11-minute hearing in which he appeared before Hennepin County Judge Jeannice M. Reding on closed-circuit television from the state’s maximum security prison.

The ex-cop was filmed pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the man begged for his life and repeatedly said “I can’t breathe” on May 25.

His death has sparked mass protests over racism and police brutality around the world.

Chauvin was arrested last month and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Last week, prosecutors added a second-degree murder charge.

The three other officers involved – Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao – were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter

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