Derek Chauvin is the former police officer who was recorded with his knee on the neck of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020.
The 19-year Minneapolis Police Department veteran had 18 complaints on his official record and had been involved in three police shootings at the time of the incident.
Chauvin was one of four officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd. During the arrest, Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes. He also placed his knee on Floyd's neck, while Floyd repeatedly said "I can't breathe", "Mama", and "please". During the final two minutes, Floyd was motionless and had no pulse.
Chauvin and the other officers were all fired the following day from the police force. On May 29, 2020, Chauvin was charged with second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder. On May 31, the charges were amended to include unintentional second-degree murder under the felony-murder doctrine, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison alleged that Chauvin killed Floyd in the course of committing assault in the third degree. Bail for Chauvin was set at $1.25 million and he has remained in jail until October 7, 2020.
Derek Chauvin was released from the Oak Park Heights prison in Minnesota after court records show he posted a non-cash $1 million bond backed by a place called A-Affordable Bail Bonds. His trial is currently scheduled for March. A Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson confirmed to Fox 9 Minneapolis. He was the last of the four officers involved in the killing of George Floyd who was still in jail. Alexander Keung, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao have all been released for some time now.
A notice of release was posted at 10:34 a.m. on Oct. 7.
- June 10: Lane is the first officer to be released on bail.
- June 19: Kueng is released on bail.
- July 4: Thao is released on bail.
- Oct. 7: Chauvin is released on bail