Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin Appeals to Convince Murder in George Floyd’s Death

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murder George Floyd, laid out late Thursday (September 23).

That Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that his legal team filed the documents with the Minnesota Court of Appeals on the last day he was entitled to appeal his verdict — 90 days after his June 25 verdict.

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The disgraced officer accused the state of “prejudicial prosecution”, as well as pointing to several issues he had with the jury. In total, he raised 14 concerns in his trial about how he was prosecuted. He also outlines several issues he had with the jury, according to Star Tribune.

He accused the court of abusing his discretion when he denied his proposal to change the venue, rejected his request to charge the jury, denied a new trial for him based on what he called “jury medicine” and also accuses the court of not allow prejudice jurors from the jury.

Chauvin stood trial in a Minneapolis courtroom in a high-profile case that attracted international attention and was the focus of racial tensions over the deaths of black people in the hands of police and vigilantes. Following the April 20 verdict, Floyd’s family expressed relief that Chauvin would be held responsible for his death in May 2020, with the officer kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes, all captured on cell phone video.

“Many days I prayed and I spoke things for existence,” Philonise Floyd said at a news conference after the verdict. “I believed in that [Chauvin] would be convicted. ”

Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years in prison after being found guilty on all counts of manslaughter and manslaughter. He and the other officers charged in Floyd’s case will also stand trial in a federal civil rights case. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

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