For months, protesters skilled their anger on Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was proven on video holding his knee on the neck of George Floyd earlier than his dying. They demonstrated outdoors of Mr. Chauvin’s dwelling, posted his mug shot throughout the web and chanted outdoors his first in-person court appearance final month.
By means of virtually all of it, Mr. Chauvin has been behind bars, awaiting trial for homicide and manslaughter in Mr. Floyd’s dying. However on Wednesday, Mr. Chauvin was freed after posting $100,000 by a bail bond company. Hours later, Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota introduced that he was mobilizing 100 members of the Minnesota Nationwide Guard “out of an abundance of warning” on the request of leaders in Minneapolis, which was upended by nights of protest instantly after the killing of Mr. Floyd in Could.
It was unsure the place Mr. Chauvin, 44, will dwell or how he can be obtained, however he’s returning to an outdoor world that has been considerably reshaped by the killing. Mr. Floyd’s dying ignited protests throughout the globe and led to an elevated give attention to race and police brutality.
As a part of the circumstances of his launch, Mr. Chauvin can be required to remain in Minnesota till his trial, scheduled for March, however the Minnesota dwelling he owned along with his spouse, who has filed for divorce, was offered for $279,000 in late August, property information present. He additionally agreed to give up any weapons he might have, not take any job in regulation enforcement and keep away from any contact with Mr. Floyd’s household.
A bail bond company posted 10 p.c of the full bail, which was set at $1 million, on behalf of Mr. Chauvin.
Mr. Chauvin, who’s white, was fired from the Minneapolis Police Division and charged with second-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter after video captured him kneeling on the neck of Mr. Floyd for more than nine minutes. Mr. Floyd, a Black man who had labored as a safety guard, was pronounced lifeless at a hospital that evening.
Mr. Chauvin has been in custody since he was first charged with third-degree murder in Could. Keith Ellison, Minnesota’s legal professional basic, raised the charges to incorporate second-degree homicide in June.
Mr. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric J. Nelson, has indicated in court docket filings that he plans to shift blame away from Mr. Chauvin and towards two rookie officers who additionally responded to the scene, when a deli clerk called to report that Mr. Floyd had used a counterfeit invoice to purchase cigarettes. Three officers who have been on the scene together with Mr. Chauvin have been additionally fired and have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree homicide.
Mr. Chauvin has additionally requested a choose to maneuver the trial away from Minneapolis and to carry separate trials for every of the officers.
Mr. Floyd’s dying led to protests all over the world and marches in the US that lasted for weeks. It additionally introduced consideration to different police killings of Black folks, together with that of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.