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Ex-police officer facing trial in George Floyd’s death released on bail

Minneapolis: Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed with his knee on George Floyd’s neck and who is now facing murder charges for Floyd’s death, posted bond and was released from jail on Wednesday morning, local time.

State correctional records show Chauvin was transferred from a state prison facility in Oak Park Heights, Minneapolis, where he had been held since he was arrested in May, to the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis early Wednesday. Court records show he posted a conditional $US1 million bond ($1.4 million) and was released from custody just before noon.

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested for the May 25 death of George Floyd, has been released.

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested for the May 25 death of George Floyd, has been released.Credit:AP

Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, confirmed his client was no longer in custody, but he declined to comment further.

Chauvin, 44, was the last of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in Floyd’s killing to be released from jail as the court case is pending. A 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department before he was fired in May, Chauvin is facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd’s death. Three other officers on the scene – J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane and Tou Thao – are charged with aiding and abetting.