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Ex Officer Charged on George Floyd Death Released on Bail on $1M (£774,000) Bond

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The former police officer who had charged with murder of an unarmed black man George Floyd while custody is released from jail on bail by posting a $1m (£774,000) bond. 

Derek Chauvin was released from jail on Wednesday, according to court documents in Minnesota.

Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes as Floyd said he couldn't breathe and became motionless. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Three other officers, J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter. All four were fired.

Under the state's sentencing guidelines, a conviction on second-degree unintentional murder and third-degree murder both carry presumptive sentences of 12.5 years.

Mr Floyd's death led to global protests and calls for police reform, spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement.

All four officers accused in connection with the killing of Mr Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have now posted bail and are free until their trial next year.

Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer representing Mr Floyd's family, said Mr Chauvin's release on bail was a "painful reminder" that "we are still far from achieving justice for George".

"Although George Floyd was denied justice in life, we will not rest until he is afforded full justice in death," Mr Crump said.

Chauvin had been at the maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, since late May.

In the US, bail-bond agents promise to pay authorities the full bail amount for defendants if they cannot afford do so or fail to appear at court.

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