George Floyd’s death: Bail set for $1 million for three former police officers
Three police officers, accused in the death of George Floyd, were granted bail at $1 million each by a judge, or $750,000 under certain conditions.
Under conditions of not serving in law enforcement or being linked to Floyd’s family, a judge has put in bail.
One day after they were arrested Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao appeared in court. They were charged with assisting and encouraging second-degree murder, and with assisting and encouraging second-degree homicide.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who had chocked Floyd’s neck for about 9 minutes, was charged as well. He was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. On Wednesday, though, he was charged with a second-degree murder.
All these officers appeared in a courtroom in downtown Minneapolis, before Judge Paul R. Scoggin.
Thao’s lawyer told the Minnesota Criminal Apprehension Bureau that Thao gave a statement and turned in when the arrest warrant was issued.
In a memorial service a lawyer for George Floyd has said that his death was caused by a “pandemic of racism.”
The lawyer, Benjamin Crump said it was “not the coronavirus pandemic that killed George Floyd”.
“It was that other pandemic,” he said. “The pandemic of racism and discrimination.”
At the North Central University in downtown Minneapolis, members of Mr. Floyd ‘s family, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey were in the service.
George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd said, “It’s crazy man, all these people came to see my brother, it’s amazing he touched so many hearts.”