Ex-Cop Charged In George Floyd’s Death Able To Live Out Of State Pending Trial
A Minnesota judge cited safety concerns in issuing new conditions of release for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, permitting Chauvin to live in a nearby state as he awaits trial.
KTLA 5 reported that Chauvin’s release kicked off two nights of protests in Minneapolis and St. Paul after he posted a $1 million bail on Wednesday.
Floyd died after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes even after the handcuffed Black man pleaded for air before his death May 25. Chauvin was later charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill said in an order released Friday but dated Thursday that the state Department of Corrections, which is supervising Chauvin while he’s on release, presented evidence in private “supporting safety concerns that have arisen.” The order did not say what that evidence entailed.
KTLA 5 reported that the new conditions require that Chauvin “‘must establish residency somewhere in the State of Minnesota or a contiguous state as soon as possible’ and report it to his supervising officer.”