Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis cop whom the world watch for nine minutes kneel on the neck of George Floyd until he was dead, in May of this year has been released on bail.
Chauvin was freed after posting $100,000 through a bail bond agency. Hours later, Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota announced that he was mobilizing 100 members of the Minnesota National Guard “out of an abundance of caution” at the request of leaders in Minneapolis, which was upended by nights of protest immediately after the killing of Mr. Floyd in May.
Which makes us wonder at the wisdom of granting him bail when authorities know that protest will erupt, not to mention the cost of mobilizing all of the extra cops and national guards-personnel?
Murder suspects are generally not allowed out on bail across the United States, and so again Derek Chauvin is out on bail solely on the basis that he is a white police officer who is charged with murdering a black man.