Officer Charged with Killing George Floyd Released on Bail

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Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged in the murder of George Floyd, was released on bail Wednesday.

The former Minneapolis police officer posted $1 million to get his freedom while he waits to be tried on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, court documents reveal. Chauvin is scheduled to appear in court in March 2021, according to his notice of release. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

Chauvin was captured on video pressing his knee into the neck of George Floyd, who repeatedly told the officer, “I can’t breathe.” Three other officers have also been charged in the incident.