Chauvin was released from the Minneapolis police force after kneeling on the neck of an unarmed and handcuffed Floyd on May 25 during his arrest. A black man suspected of paying a counterfeit note stopped showing signs of life and was pronounced dead after the arrival of paramedics. The intervention was filmed by passers-by and shocking footage of the intervention ignited an international wave of protests against racism and police brutality.
According to the AP, Chauvin left the prison near Minneapolis, where he was detained before the trial continued. Court records state that he did not pay a million bail in cash, but it was not clear from them how he obtained the funds.
His release is accompanied by other previously set conditions for the unconditional termination of detention. Reuters reports that Chauvin must not return to work for the security forces, has banned contacts with Floyd’s family and must hand over all firearms licenses.
The main trial in the case that shook the United States has been scheduled for March 8 for a long time. Three other defendants have already been charged on bail, former police officers Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting murder. Judge Peter Cahill has yet to rule on the lawyers’ request for separate proceedings.