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Former Minneapolis officer in George Floyd case appeals murder conviction -Breaking


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Derek Chauvin (former Minneapolis police officer) reacts as the judge gives his sentence. He was sentenced to twenty-two and a half year imprisonment for the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The verdict is read in a video still.

By Brendan O’Brien

(Reuters) – Derek Chauvin is a former Minneapolis officer and policeman who appealed the conviction and sentence he received for George Floyd’s death. Chauvin argued that the judge in the case abused discretion and made numerous errors throughout the trial.

His lawyers raised 14 issues in the appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals Monday. They also criticized Judge Peter Cahill for denying Chauvin’s request that the trial be moved out of Hennepin County (which includes Minneapolis) because of intense pre-trial publicity.

“The overwhelming media coverage exposed the jurors —literally every day – to news demonizing Chauvin and glorifying Floyd which was more than sufficient to presume prejudice,” the appeal said.

Chauvin (a white man) was convicted in April 2021 for killing Floyd and kneeling on his neck while he was being arrested during 2020. Chauvin was sentenced for 22-1/2 years. Chauvin pleaded guilty to violating George Floyd’s civil rights in federal court.

The jury found Chauvin guilty unintentionally of second-degree murder, second-degree killing and second-degree insanity in Floyd’s murder. It was widely considered a significant rebuke for the unjustified use of force by police against Black Americans.

In the 82-page appeal, the court requested that the verdict be reversed and that a new trial is held at a different venue.

It raised legal issues against prosecutors as well, accusing them both of misconduct for not disclosing every evidence they have and being dismissive to the defense in closing arguments. It claimed that witnesses were improperly prepared by prosecutors for testimonies.

Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General was not available for comment immediately.