MINNEAPOLIS, KOMPAS.com – Former Minneapolis police officer accused of murder George Floyd paid his bail on Wednesday (7/10/2020) and was released on condition.
According to court records, Derek Chauvin pay a security deposit of 1 million US dollars, aka around Rp. 14.7 billion.
Hennepin district prison records show Chauvin was released before 11:30 am local time.
Chauvin was arrested after he handcuffed and detained a man of African American descent, George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Chauvin restrained Floyd by pressing his knee against the man’s neck and was caught in a video that circulated widely on social media.
As a result, Chauvin’s actions were condemned by the international community. Mass protests broke out in the US and ended in rioting and looting.
Chauvin and three other police officers involved were fired. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder and third-degree murder.
While other police officers, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao were accused of aiding and abetting the murder.
After Chauvin was released, the Governor of Team Walz activated the National Guard to assist local law enforcement.
Walz said police officers mobilized 100 National Guard soldiers and provided equipment and facilities “out of extra vigilance” regarding public safety concerns.
Walz said as many as 100 state police and 75 Natural Resources conservation officers were also deployed to help local governments.
As it got dark on Wednesday evening, hundreds of people took to the streets in south Minneapolis where protests centered on the days following George Floyd’s death.
They lined up a few blocks and blocked the intersection for a while, with chants like, “No Justice, No Peace, Sue the Police.”
Floyd family lawyers Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci released a statement calling Chauvin’s release a “painful reminder” that the Floyd family is far from getting justice.
Where did Chauvin get the money to pay bail?
It is still unknown where Chauvin got the money to pay for his freedom through clear guarantees, Chauvin used bonds in the payments.
In Minnesota alone, a person who posts an oblogation must pay 10 percent, or in this context, 100,000 US dollars to an underwriting company.
Then, the company and the defendant drew up bail arrangements to back up all or part of the remaining bond amount, according to Mike Brandt, a criminal defense attorney who was not involved in the case.
The Minnesota Peace and Police Association, which has a legal defense fund, did not provide Chauvin with bail, a spokesman said. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation, said his union was not involved either.
Website GiveSendGo.com, stating that it is a site crowdfunding Christian is free, has a Derek Chauvin Guarantee Fund which states that it was made by his family.
According to the site, as of midday Wednesday, the fund raised 4,198 US dollars from the target of 125,000 US dollars with donations from more than 35 people.
Chauvin has the option to pay bail of 1.25 million US dollars unconditionally or 1 million US dollars with conditions.
Under the conditions of his current release, he must attend all court invitations, must have no direct or indirect contact – including social media contact – with members of the Floyd family, cannot work in law enforcement or security, and may not have firearms or ammunition.
Chauvin’s own wife, Kellie Chauvin, filed for divorce shortly after Floyd’s death. The records in the case have been sealed and divorce lawyer Kellie Chauvin has no comment on that at this time.
In July, Chauvin and his wife were also charged with multiple counts of tax evasion for allegedly failing to report income from their various jobs, including more than US $ 95,000 from security jobs outside of Derek Chauvin’s primary duties.
The criminal prosecution in the case alleges that from 2014 to 2019, the Chauvin family did not report their joint income of US $ 464,433 and owed the state US $ 37,868 in taxes, interest and unpaid fees.
The tax evasion case also listed other assets, including the couple’s Florida home and a $ 100,000 BMW car.