Minnesota cop facing murder charge in death of George Floyd held on $1.25 million bail; could face decades in prison if convicted

The Minneapolis police officer facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd has been ordered held on $1.25 million bail.

The Star-Tribune reports that Derek Chauvin appeared in court on Monday, his first court appearance since his arrest on May 29 for the death of the 46-year-old unarmed black man. As CrimeOnline previously reported, video captured outside of a supermarket in Minneapolis, where Floyd had been accused of trying to use counterfeit money, shows the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes.

The 15-minute court appearance was conducted via videoconference, and Chauvin did not enter a plea to the charges of second-degree murder — upgraded from an initial charge of third-degree murder —  and second-degree manslaughter. His attorney did not object to a prosecutor’s request that Chauvin be held on $1.25 million bail without conditions; up from his current bail of $1 million.

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According to the New York Post, Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison if he is convicted.

Three other arresting officers at the scene have been charged with second-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder.

Chauvin’s next court appearance is set for June 29.

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