Ex-police officer charged in George Floyd killing released on bail

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s killing, was released from prison Wednesday on a $1 million conditional bond.

Chauvin was fired from the force and later charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter after he kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. He was held in a state prison, but posted a non-cash $1 million bond to be released with conditions, including agreeing not to contact Floyd’s family or work in law enforcement or security again.

His lawyers have argued Floyd’s death was related to health conditions and drug use, which the county medical examiner and Floyd’s family have disputed. Chauvin’s trial will begin in March.

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