Derek Chauvin had been in custody in a Minnesota prison as he awaits a March trial on charges of murder and other counts. He was released Wednesday after posting a $1 million bond. He had been held in a state prison instead of a local jail for security reasons.
On Wednesday evening, about 300 people marched near the site where Minneapolis police tried to arrest Floyd on May 25. Floyd died after Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes even after the handcuffed man pleaded for air.
Later Wednesday, tensions rose outside a Minneapolis police station as law enforcement moved in and ordered the crowd to disperse. A live feed from Unicorn Riot showed several people being ordered to the ground in preparation for arrest.
Police spokesman John Elder said 49 of the arrests were for misdemeanors. Many of those were cited for unlawful assembly.
One person was arrested for fourth-degree assault and another was arrested on a felony warrant.
Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.