Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer that is facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd, was released from prison on Wednesday after posting bail. The Associated Press reported that Chauvin posted a $1 million bond and was released from the Hennepin County in Oak Park Heights shortly before 11:30 a.m.
It is not clear how he was able to raise the large sum of money that was needed to pay his bond. When dealing with a bail company, the person posting bond is only required to pay 10% of the full amount, which in this case would be $100,000. He would also need to put his assets up for collateral, like his house or cars. At first many activists believed that his bond was paid by The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, which has a legal defense fund for disgraced police officers, but a spokeswoman for the organization says that they did not provide any money for the case. It is still possible that his police union picked up the tab.
Initially, after the incident hit the news, police supporters attempted to raise money through the popular fundraising site GoFundMe, but the page was quickly taken down. He then turned to GiveSendGo.com, a free Christian crowdfunding site, but it has only raised $4,198 of its $125,000 goal, with donations from more than 35 people.
Since his arrest, Chavin was charged with multiple counts of felony tax evasion for failing to report income from various side jobs including close to 100,000 from his off-duty security jobs.
Chauvin and his now-ex-wife are accused of underreporting their joint income by $464,433 between 2014 and 2019, and they currently owe the state $37,868 in unpaid taxes, interest, and fees. Kellie Chauvin, a former Mrs. Minnesota winner, filed for divorce on the same day that her husband was charged with murder.
Ironically, Kellie got in trouble with the law back in 2005, before she met Chauvin, over a forgery related incident. She was charged with writing a bad check at a grocery store for $42.24. This charge is very similar to the one that got George Floyd killed.
There are also a number of conditions for Chauvin’s release, including a ban on working in law enforcement or carrying weapons. He will also violate bail if he misses any court appearances, or has any contact with members of the Floyd family.
Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he gasped for air and begged for his life. He has been with the Minneapolis Police Department for 19 years, and in that time, he has been involved in multiple shootings in which people were killed, and has had multiple excessive force complaints.
The defense attorneys for the officers who were charged with the killing will argue that they were justified because Floyd was not immediately obedient, and because he begged the officers not to hurt or arrest him. Passing off a fake twenty-dollar bill should not be an offense that lands someone in handcuffs, so he had every right to plead and protest with the officers about getting arrested over such a petty offense.