Derek Chauvin Freed After Posting $1 Million Bail

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police Officer charged with murdering ex-con George Floyd after a confrontation outside a corner store, has posted $1 million bail, NBC News reports.

The news could trigger another wave of protests, as Floyd's murder, caught on video depicting Chauvin callously pressing his knee into Floyd's neck for more than 8 minutes, was widely credited as the spark that ignited the racial tensions sweeping the country this year.

Floyd's death preceded a string of other police killings involving black men (some of them armed, some of them unarmed) - incidents that have garnered widespread press coverage and spurred even more violence in the streets of American cities.

44-year-old Chauvin is facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges stemming from the May 25 incident.

Four officers filmed detaining Floyd have been fired from the department and charged with aiding and abetting murder in Floyd's death.

Officers were responding to complaints of a $20 bill at a local convenience store when they encountered Floyd, who matched the description of the suspect.

The arrest led to a struggle, and at one point, all four officers were involved in trying to restrain Floyd. "Please, please, please, I can't breathe," Floyd begged in one video caught by a bystander. "My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can't breathe."

Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, a death caused by "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression" along with other "significant" conditions like hypertensive heart disease, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.

Unsurprisingly, lefties took to Twitter to demand that whoever paid Chauvin's bail be identified, while bemoaning the injustice of the justice system.

Note: these are the same people who, if prompted, claim they support "bail reform" to help root out inequality in the justice system.