Derek Chauvin posts $1M bail, released from custody
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd, has posted bail on a $1 million bond issued by the court and was released from custody pending the trial.
In response to city requests, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) activated the National Guard to assist with any rioting that might take place in light of the release of Chauvin.
“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of Minnesotans, we have asked the Minnesota National Guard to prepare to assist in keeping the peace,” Walz said in a statement.
The Minneapolis Police also said they were preparing to respond.
“We are aware of current and future possible flashpoints that present challenges on both a local and national level. We are, and will, continue to work with our law enforcement partners, locally, regionally and federally in order to properly respond to situations as they unfold, ” said Minneapolis Police Department Public Information Officer John Elder in a statement according to local KARE TV 11.
Chauvin’s trial in scheduled for March of next year.
To secure the bond, a New Jersey bond finance company likely charged a premium on the entire bond. Premiums on bonds are set by the state and in Minnesota are set at ten percent of the bond.
Black Lives Matters activists are outraged by the release, saying that Chauvin’s ability to make bond is another example of racial injustice in America.
“George Floyd’s murderer, Derek Chauvin, has been released on $1,000,000 bail,” said NBC and MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner. “The racial-inequality hole out of which we must dig beginning in January cannot possibly get any deeper.”
“Derek Chauvin posted a $1M bail today – buying his freedom after robbing George Floyd of his life over $20. His release on bond is a painful reminder to George’s family that we are still far from achieving justice,” said Floyd family attorney Ben Crump.
But the bail amount granted by the judge in the case was what Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office argued for in court.
“Judge Jeannice Reding granted the prosecution’s request for a $1.25 million unconditional bail or a lower bail of $1 million with conditions. The $1 million bail conditions would require Chauvin to turn in his firearms and gun permits, have no contact with Floyd’s family, and not work in a security capacity or as an officer while out on bail,” said NBC News in June after the bail hearing.
Others pointed out the double standard that liberals are using after many Democrat cities instituted so-called bail reform by releasing the defendant who could not make bail, a policy Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden wants to make national.
“Joe Biden wants nationwide cashless bail and the House just passed a bill to allow it. Cashless bail has turned New York into a crime-ridden disaster. The Democrat Party works for criminals and Communists. No cashless bail,” tweeted US House 24 candidate Lavern Spicer (R-FL).
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