MINNEAPOLIS: Bail was set at $1.25 million for a sacked Minneapolis police officer accused in the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in the US city on May 25 while in police custody.
Derek Chauvin, who made his initial court appearance, would have to pay that amount to be released with no conditions while awaiting trial, Hennepin County District Judge Jeannice Reding ordered on Monday.
But she also gave the defendant the option of receiving conditional release by posting $1 million bail, reports Efe news.
Those conditions include being law-abiding, making future court appearances, not working in any security capacity, not possessing firearms, not leaving the state of Minnesota and not having any contact with Floyd's family.
Neither Chauvin nor his attorney, Eric Nelson, objected to the bail amount or the bail conditions during the 15-minute court appearance, which took place via remote video feed starting at 12.45 p.m.. Chauvin did not enter a plea on Monday but is expected to do so at his next court appearance scheduled for June 29.
The defendant, who is being held at the Oak Park Heights Correctional Facility near Stillwater, Minnesota, has been charged with unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other police officers who were at the scene and involved in Floyd's arrest have been charged with unintentional aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Third-degree murder, defined in the Minnesota Statutes as an unintentional killing during a dangerous act with a depraved mental state, carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years. (IANS)