Crump: release of George Floyd’s murderer “a painful reminder”

"The system of due process worked for Chauvin and afforded him his freedom while he awaits trial."
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The release of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Wednesday was called a "painful reminder" for the family of the man he is accused of killing, George Floyd.

Ben Crump, the attorney for Floyd's family, made the remarks after Chauvin, 44, was released while posting bond on Wednesday. Chauvin, who is white, is facing murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Floyd, who was a Black man.

The former officer was captured on video pressing his knee against the neck of Floyd for nearly 8 minutes as Floyd protested that he could not breathe before dying on May 25.

"Derek Chauvin's release on bond is a painful reminder to George Floyd's family that we are still far from achieving justice for George," Crump said in a statement obtained by Newsweek. "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," he continued. "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."

Chauvin was released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights just before 11:30 a.m., according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. He was released after a bail bonds agency posted 10 percent of the bond amount, $100,000, on his behalf.

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