Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is getting out of jail on a one-million-dollar bond. He was the officer seen in viral videos placing his knee on George Floyd’s neck. Floyd’s death in police custody led to months of protests, cost Chauvin his job and led to his arrest on second-degree murder charges.
Chauvin was released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility a little before noon today. His trial is scheduled to begin March 8th.
Meanwhile, Minneapolis officials are seeking public input on changes to the intersection where George Floyd died. The intersection at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue has been closed since May, where a large memorial has grown and a fist sculpture has gone up.
City officials say a change needs to come before the winter so they can remove snow and let emergency services through. Two options the city is considering is converging Chicago Avenue to a one-way street and opening 38th Street to two-way traffic to leave the sculpture, or allowing for two-way traffic on both streets and moving the sculpture.