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Ex-officer Derek Chauvin posts bond, is released from prison months after Floyd's death

Chauvin is one of four former MPD officers charged in George Floyd's death. The others had already posted bond and were out of custody.

Derek Chauvin, one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's May 25 death, has been released from prison after posting bond. 

According to Hennepin County Jail records, 44-year-old Chauvin posted bond on Wednesday and was released at 11:22 a.m. 

He was previously being held at the Minnesota Department of Corrections facility in Oak Park Heights. WCCO says Chauvin left the prison at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday to be transferred to the Hennepin County Jail so he could post bail. 

In June, his bail was set at $1.25 million with no conditions or $1 million with conditions. Court documents show Chauvin posted a non-cash bond of $1 million that's guaranteed by Allegheny Casualty.

Chauvin is charged with one count each of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. In an unrelated case, he and his estranged wife are charged with tax evasion, accused of lying about their income. 

He is one of four officers charged in connection to Floyd's death. The others – J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao – are each charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.  They're all out of custody and have been for weeks – Lane was the first to post bail in June, followed by Kueng and then Thao paid his bail and was released in July.

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The trial for the four former Minneapolis Police Department officers is scheduled to begin on March 8. The judge overseeing the trial is expected to rule on some motions from their attorneys, including a motion to move the trial out of Hennepin County, this month. 

Floyd's death, video of which showed Chauvin kneeling on his kneck for several minutes, sparked protests from people demanding racial justice in Minneapolis, across Minnesota, the United States and the world. 

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