Officer Charged in Floyd’s Death Held on $1 Million Bond
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd's death will remain in custody on $1 million bond.
Derek Chauvin said almost nothing during an 11-minute hearing Monday in which he appeared on closed-circuit television from the state’s maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights. His attorney, Eric Nelson, did not contest the bail amount. Nelson also didn’t address the substance of the charges. Nelson didn’t speak with reporters afterward.
Chauvin’s next appearance is set for June 29.
Meanwhile, the body of George Floyd arrived at a church in Houston for a final public memorial. A six-hour viewing is being held Monday for Floyd, whose death at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked protests around the world and calls to reform policing in America.
His body arrived in a gold-colored casket that was escorted to The Fountain of Praise church by Houston police. Mourners will be required to wear a mask and gloves to comply with coronavirus-related guidelines. Houston will end a procession that has crossed the nation.
Previous memorials were held for Floyd in Minneapolis and Raeford, North Carolina, near where he was born.
(Story written by STEVE KARNOWSKI, JUAN A. LOZANO and NOMAAN MERCHANT/AP)