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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, was released from jail on Wednesday after posting a $1 million bond, court documents show.

Why it matters: The May killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, set off months of protests and unrest across the U.S. Video of the incident shows Chauvin pinning Floyd's neck to the ground with his knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds as the handcuffed Black man cried out, "I can't breathe," before going unresponsive.

The big picture: Chauvin and three other officers involved were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department.

  • Chauvin faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
  • The other officers — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao — are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter, per AP. They were each previously released on $750,000 bonds.
  • It was unclear where Chauvin got the money to post the $1 million bond, per AP, which reported that a spokesperson for the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association confirmed the group did not provide funds.
  • Per the conditions of his release, Chauvin must attend all court appearances, cannot have any contact — direct or indirect — with members of Floyd's family, cannot work in law enforcement or security, and cannot have any firearms ammunition.

What they're saying: The lawyers for Floyd's family, prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci, said in a statement later on Wednesday that Chauvin's release "is a painful reminder to George Floyd's family that we are still far from achieving justice for George."

  • "The system of due process worked for Chauvin and afforded him his freedom while he awaits trial. In contrast, George Floyd was denied due process, when his life was ended over a $20 bill," the lawyers added.
  • "There was no charge, no arrest, no hearing, no bail. Just execution. Although George Floyd was denied justice in life, we will not rest until he is afforded full justice in death. The civil litigation team looks forward to our day in court.”

What's next: The trial for all four former officers is tentatively set for March, but the judge is weighing a motion to try the cases separately, per AP.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the statement from Floyd's family lawyers.

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The Louisville Metro Police Department on Tuesday notified two detectives connected to the police shooting of Breonna Taylor that they would be fired, the Courier-Journal reports.

Why it matters: If fired, they would be the latest officers held accountable in the shooting that set off weeks of protests in the city and inspired nationwide demonstrations.

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Why it matters: President Biden is expected to announce today that he'll be reopening the marketplaces for a special enrollment period, but getting a significant number of people to sign up for coverage will likely require targeted outreach.

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