George Floyd killer's bail set at $1.25 million in first court appearance

George Floyd killer's bail set at $1.25 million in first court appearance

THE EX-COP accused of the murder of George Floyd has had his bail set at $1.25 million dollars.

Former police officer Derek Chauvin appeared in court for the first time yesterday following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, according to BBC News.

His bail was initially set at $1 million, but was upped to $1.25 million due to the severity of the charges and the global public outrage following the killing of Mr Floyd.

Chauvin is charged with second degree murder and manslaughter after he knelt on Mr Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes while the victim pleaded that he couldn't breathe, on 25 May of this year.

Derek Chauvin has made his first court appearance since Mr George Floyd was killed on 25 May (Hennepin County Sheriff)

He and three other officers were fired after a video of Mr Floyd's death spread across social media, resulting in protests and riots which have continued for two weeks.

The three other officers-- Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thou-- have since been charged with aiding and abetting a second-degree murder.

All four cops involved in Mr Floyd's death have now been charged (Hennepin County Sheriff)

It is understood that Chauvin did not enter a plea or speak at all when he appeared in court via video conference.

He is being held at the Minnesota state prison in Oak Part Heights, after several transfers, and will appear in court again on 29 June, charged with unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, for which he could receive a maximum prison sentence of 40, 25 and 10 years respectively.

In Houston, Texas, mourners gathered to pay their respects to Mr Floyd, whose body was on display in the Fountain of Praise Church.

His funeral is due to take place today.