George Floyd cop Derek Chauvin allowed to leave Minnesota before murder trial due to 'safety concerns'
GEORGE Floyd cop Derek Chauvin is allowed to leave Minnesota before his murder trial due to "safety concerns."
A Hennepin County judge ruled on Friday that the Department of Corrections provided evidence that unidentified "safety concerns" have arisen in Chauvin's pretrial, conditional release.
The judge ruled that he can live in either Minnesota or a neighboring state.
The news comes just one day after the former officer bailed out of jail.
Chauvin was released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility on Wednesday morning having been held in prison since May 31.
The ex-cop, 44, was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes in a video that sparked mass protests worldwide.
Floyd suffered cardiopulmonary arrest as he was restrained by the cop, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.
He has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death.
The officer was held at the Hennepin and Ramsey county jails before he was transferred to the Oak Park Heights facility.
A release receipt posted by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office showed Chauvin was freed at 11.22am.
Protesters have once again flared up in Minneapolis following his release as the National Guard were activated out of "an abundance of caution".
One hundred soldiers were mobilized to support local law enforcement, along with 100 Minnesota State Patrol troopers.
Pictures from the march show a number of people being detained amid clashes.
His bail conditions state he must attend all court appearances and cannot have any direct or indirect contact – including social media – with any members of Floyd's family
He is also not permitted to work in law enforcement or security, and must not possess any firearms.
Chauvin and officers Thomas Lane, Alex Kueng and Tou Thao were all fired after footage of the confrontation in Minneapolis went viral.
The three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting and previously posted bail amounts of $750,000.
All four men are due to face trial together on March 8, but the judge is considering having them tried separately.
Chauvin was escorted by law enforcement officials last month out of the Hennepin County Family Justice Center and past a gate.
He made his in-court appearence after previously having appeared by video link.
As Chauvin, clad in an orange jumpsuit, made his way into a black corrections department car, people could be heard yelling expletives at him.
“Coward!” “A**!” and “B**ch!” were some of the words launched at the former officer.
The shouts continued as the black car with Chauvin drove away, with a Hennepin County sheriff’s SUV leading the way and two others trailing behind, a video from KMSP shows.
During the hearing, the judge presiding over the case dismissed the local prosecutor – accusing him and his team of "sloppy" work.
Mike Freeman, Hennepin County attorney, was removed from the case along with the three other members of his team.
Judge Peter Cahill said Freeman had my a mistake by allowing his staff to speak to medical examiners without an intendent witness.
He said: "It was sloppy not to have someone present. Those four attorneys are off the case. They are now witnesses."
Evidence from the medical examiner is set to play a key role in the landmark case.
On the evening of May 25, Officers Chauvin and Thao responded to a report of a "forgery in progress."
According to reports, police had responded to a call from a grocery store that claimed Floyd had used a forged check.
After Floyd allegedly resisted arrest, officers dragged him from his car and pinned him to the ground.
It was then that officer Chauvin held Floyd down with his knee on his neck and his other knee in the middle of his back.
The disturbing fatal encounter was caught on video by onlookers.
Also in the video, officer Thao can be seen to the right of Floyd ushering the crowds away from the scene.
Despite a number of pleas of "I can't breathe" from Floyd, the officer continued to pin him down.
After a number of minutes, Floyd went unconscious and officer Chauvin did not remove his knee until the man was loaded onto a gurney.
His grieving family says Floyd was "clearly murdered."
Floyd's family comissioned an independent autopsy conducted by Dr Allecia Wilson and Dr Michael Bade.
They concluded the dad-of-five – described by pals as a "gentle giant" – died as a direct result of the way he was arrested.
Floyd's death sparked rioting in Minneapolis and protests swept across the world raging against police brutality and racial discrimination.
Law enforcement has become a major issue in the upcoming election, with Donald Trump taking a tough "law and order" stance as his rival Joe Biden calls for investment and reform.
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