Bail was increased for the main officer charged in the death of George Floyd. Monday, Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin made his first court appearance, facing a judge via a video feed. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder without intent, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Here is our 1st sketch from today's 10 minute court appearance. Derek Chauvin, charged with 3 counts of murder & manslaughter, did not enter a plea of any kind. Next appearance on June 29th. #GeorgeFloyd @PaulBlume_FOX9 pic.twitter.com/93GfCqgx7s
— Paul Blume (@PaulBlume_FOX9) June 8, 2020
Prosecutor Matthew Frank argued that the “severity of the charges” and the strength of public opinion against Chauvin made him a more likely flight risk. Frank asked Circuit Court Judge Jeannice Reding to raise bail from $1.25 million from $1 million without conditions, and to $1 million from $750,000 with conditions.
Chauvin and his lawyer, Eric Nelson, did not object in the short hearing, which lasted 15 minutes.