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Policeman Charged With George Floyd's Murder Released on Bail

© AP Photo / BrommerichThis photo provided by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office shows former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Memorial Day death of George Floyd. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after a shocking video of him kneeling for nearly nine minutes on the neck of Floyd, a black man, set off a wave of protests across the country. (Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP)
This photo provided by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office shows former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Memorial Day death of George Floyd. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after a shocking video of him kneeling for nearly nine minutes on the neck of Floyd, a black man, set off a wave of protests across the country. (Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP) - Sputnik International
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Former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin and three others are facing trial for second-degree murder over the May 25 death of black man George Floyd. Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for eight minutes.

The former Minneapolis police officer facing trial for murder over the May 25 death of black man George Floyd has been released after posting bail.

Derek Chauvin was transferred from the maximum security Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights on Wednesday morning to the Hennepin County Jail where he could post bail, WCCO radio reported. His bond was set at $1.25 million, or $1 million subject to conditions. 

Floyd's death while under arrest as Chauvin knelt on his neck sparked a new wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the US, often accompanied by rioting and other unrest in the run-up to the November 3 presidential election.

A woman walks with a protective face covering past a mural of George Floyd, in the aftermath of his death in Minneapolis police custody, along 125th street in the Harlem neighborhood of  New York City, New York, U.S., July 9, 2020. - Sputnik International
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Chauvin had been jailed at Oak Park Heights awaiting trial for second-degree murder since May, and had made several court appearance by video link from there.

His defence attorney has pointed to Floyd's reported claim during his arrest that he was suffering from COVID-19, and argued that his death was caused by high doses of the opiate fentanyl and stimulant methamphetamine in his bloodstream at the time.

The shopkeeper who called the police after Floyd allegedly paid for a packet of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill claimed he appeared "awfully drunk".

Documents from the prosecution detail four incidents where detainees accused Chauvin of overzealous use of neck, head or upper body restraints during their arrests.

The three other officers involved in Floyd's death - J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao - are also awaiting trial.

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