Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Former Police officer Derek Chauvin.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer, posted bond and was released from jail Wednesday morning even as he faces charges for the murder of George Floyd.
State correctional records show that Chauvin was transferred from a state prison facility in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota where he had been held since he was arrested in May, to the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis early Wednesday. Court records show he posted a conditional $1 million bond and was released from custody just before noon.
A Minneapolis official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly, said the city was made aware early Wednesday of Chauvin’s possible release and “planned accordingly” but declined to provide specifics.
Chauvin, along with his estranged wife Kellie, also is facing felony state tax evasion charges. Prosecutors in Washington County, Minnesota say Chauvin underreported and underpaid state taxes dating to 2014 and did not report more than $95,000 he earned working as an off duty security guard.
A Hennepin County judge is weighing whether all four former officers will be tried jointly. A tentative trial date has been set for March 2021.
Derek Chauvin was the last of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in Floyd’s killing to be released from jail as the court case is pending. A 19 year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department before he was fired in May, Chauvin is facing second degree murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd’s death. Three other officers on the scene J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting.
The former Minneapolis police officer was filmed with his knee on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, confirmed his client was no longer in custody, but he did not comment any further.