Chauvin, policeman charged with George Floyd murder, gets $1.25m bail in first court appearance

In this handout provided by Minnesota Department of Corrections, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin poses for a mugshot after being charged in the death of George Floyd. Ramsey County Sheriff's Office/ Getty Images

The Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd’s death made his first court appearance Monday.

Derek Chauvin, 44, is also charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death.

Chauvin’s first court appearance has now concluded. His bail has been set by Judge Jeannice M. Reding at $1.25 million without conditions, and $1 million with conditions.

He has had his next hearing set for 29 June at 13:30.

Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after the white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after Floyd stopped moving and pleading for air.

Those same concerns saw Chauvin, 44, appear not in person but via video link from the maximum security Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights where Chauvin has been held under suicide watch since being moved from Hennepin County Jail on June 1

Floyd’s death set off protests, some violent, in Minneapolis that swiftly spread to cities around the U.S. and the globe. Chauvin and three other officers on the scene were fired the day after Floyd’s death.

TIME reported that Chauvin is being held at a state prison in Oakdale. The other three officers — J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — are charged with aiding and abetting. They remain in the Hennepin County jail on $750,000 bond.

Floyd’s death has ignited calls to reform the Minneapolis Police Department, which community activists have long accused of entrenched racial discrimination and brutality. A majority of Minneapolis City Council members said Sunday that they favor disbanding the department entirely, though they have yet to offer concrete plans for what would replace it.

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“Nobody is saying we want to abolish health or safety,” Council Member Alondra Cano told WCCO-AM on Monday. “What we are saying is we have a broken system that is not producing the outcomes we want.”

The state last week launched a civil rights investigation of the department. On Friday, the council approved a stipulated agreement that immediately banned the use of chokeholds and neck restraints and included several other changes. That investigation is ongoing.