Former police officer charged with death of George Floyd faces court

The former US police officer has appeared in court for the first time, charged with the death of George Floyd.

Derek Chauvin is now facing charges of second degree murder, for kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, causing his death.

The fatal arrest, which was filmed and shared to social media, sparked massive protests nationwide which have now continued for two weeks.


Chauvin is in a maximum security prison, and appeared via video link, confirming his name and basic details.

He’s unconditional bail was set at $1.25 million, with the police union not coming forward to pay it.

Meantime, George Floyd’s body is now in Houston for a memorial service there, before he’s laid to rest tomorrow alongside his mother.