Minnesota appeals court rejects Derek Chauvin’s request for new trial in George Floyd killing1 min read
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday upheld former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin‘s second-degree murder conviction in the killing of George Floyd, and his 22 1/2-year sentence remains in place.
Chauvin’s attorney had asked the appeals court to throw out the ex-officer’s convictions for a long list of reasons, including the massive pretrial publicity. He also argued that legal and procedural errors deprived Chauvin of a fair trial. But the three-judge panel sided with prosecutors who said Chauvin got a fair trial and just sentence.
Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, who is White, used his knee to pin the Black man’s neck to the ground for 9 1/2 minutes. A bystander video captured Floyd’s fading cries of “I can’t breathe.” Floyd’s death touched off protests…
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