The former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd was released from prison after being on bail.
Derek Chauvin, 44, was released from the Oak Park Heights correctional facility in Minnesota Wednesday morning, the Department of Corrections confirmed.
The ex-cop went free after releasing a $ 1 million tangible bond signed by A-Affordable Bail Bonds, Inc.
Chauvin had been detained in the maximum security prison since May 31, after the video showed he held his knee on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes shortly before he died.
The released Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (left) was released from prison Wednesday after putting on cashless bail
Chauvin was charged with murder after the video showed him pressing his knee against Floyd's neck shortly before he died
He is charged with second and third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. His bail was originally set at $ 1.25 million or $ 1 million subject to conditions.
A clearance certificate issued by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office indicated that Chauvin was released at 11:22 a.m.
Under the terms of his release, he must attend all court appearances and must not have direct or indirect contact – including social media – with members of Floyd's family.
He is also not allowed to work in law enforcement or security agencies and is not allowed to own firearms ammunition.
Floyd's death on May 25 was captured in a widespread video that sparked protests around the world.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died when he was arrested for allegedly using a fake $ 20 bill at a local Minneapolis deli.
Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes and passed out Floyd while three other officers stood by.
All four officers were fired by Minneapolis police after footage of the deadly police confrontation went viral.
Former officers Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao were charged with aiding and abetting.
The three officers had previously placed $ 750,000 on bail and were free until the trial.
Currently, all four men are slated to be tried together in March, but the judge is weighing a request to try them separately.
Chauvin first appeared in court last month after appearing on video link.
He was wearing orange prison overalls, a face mask and handcuffs, and was led away by judicial officers after the three-hour hearing when protesters near the court abused him.
During the hearing, the judge who led the case on Friday dismissed the local prosecutor from the murder trial and accused him and his team of "sloppy" work.
Hennepin County's attorney Mike Freeman was removed from the case along with the three other members of his team.
Judge Peter Cahill said Freeman acted erroneously by sending his staff to medical investigators after George Floyd's death on May 25 with no independent witness to their discussion.
"It was sloppy not having anyone around," said Cahill.
& # 39; These four lawyers are out of the case. You are now a witness. & # 39;
The medical examiner's judgment is expected to play an important and highly controversial role in the study.
The Hennepin County's medical examiner's office said Floyd suffered cardiopulmonary arrest while he was being held by the officer.
Her autopsy revealed that Floyd had "other significant conditions" including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, as well as "fentanyl poisoning"; (and) recent methamphetamine use. "
An independent autopsy by Dr. Allecia Wilson and Dr. Michael Baden on behalf of the family revealed that he died as a direct result of his arrest.
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