The former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd was released from jail on bail on Wednesday as he awaits trial on charges of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder.
Derek Chauvin, the former officer, posted bail and was released from the Hennepin County Jail at 11:22 a.m. local time, according to online jail records and a notice filed with the court. His bond had been set at $1 million, and court records indicated that he used a bail bond agency to pay for his release. His lawyer did not immediately return inquiries seeking details.
Mr. Chauvin, who is white, was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after video captured him kneeling on the back and neck of Mr. Floyd, who was Black, for more than nine minutes in May. Mr. Floyd was pronounced dead at a hospital that night. Mr. Chauvin has been in custody since he was charged in May.
Three other officers who were at the scene were also fired and are facing criminal charges.
Mr. Floyd’s death led to protests across the globe and marches in the United States that lasted for weeks. It also brought attention to other police killings of Black people, including the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.