Derek Chauvin — the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd — is a free man for now … he just got released from behind bars as he awaits trial.
Chauvin was cut loose Wednesday from the Oak Park Heights prison in Minnesota after court records show he posted a non-cash $1 million bond backed by a place called A-Affordable Bail Bonds. His trial is currently scheduled for March.
Chauvin was the last of the 4 accused cops still in custody. As we reported, the other 3 — Alexander Keung, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — were released some time ago, and are all seeking a change of venue ahead of their trials.
Chauvin faces the most severe charges out of the group — he’s been rung up for 2nd-degree murder, 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter after leaving his neck on Floyd’s neck for nearly 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Chauvin recently asked a judge to dismiss the murder charges entirely … arguing Floyd’s alleged drug use is what led to his demise, and not the excessive force of Chauvin’s knee on neck.