A former Minneapolis cop, jailed for the murder of George Floyd, has appealed his conviction.
Derek Chauvin was sentenced in June to 22.5 years in prison in a case that sparked protests around the world.
He had 90 days to appeal from the date of conviction and the request is based on five specific claims:
- District court abused its discretion by rejecting appellant’s request for a change of seat or a new trial
- District court abused its discretion by denying appellant’s request to continue trial or retrial
- District court abused its discretion by rejecting jury’s grounds for dismissal throughout the trial
- The state committed a crime by a prosecutor
- The District Court erred in ruling that Morries Hall’s testimony or Mr Hall’s alternative statements to law enforcement were not submitted to Minn. R. Ewid. 804 (b) (3) and did not violate the appellant’s constitutional rights to confrontation
Mr. Floyd was arrested on suspicion of using a fake $ 20 bill, but was handcuffed, handcuffed and repeatedly yelled “I can’t breathe” before he died.
In Chauvin’s sentence, Judge Peter Cahill said he had passed 12 and a half years in state prison, citing Mr. Floyd’s “abuse of trust and power as well as the peculiar cruelty”. .
He said the conviction was not based on “emotion or sympathy” or “public opinion … or an attempt to send messages”.
But he added, “At the same time, I would like to acknowledge the deep and immense pain that all families feel, especially Floyd’s. You pity us. “
The case has been reactivated ruch Black Lives Matter, With protests in the United States and elsewhere against racial inequality and police brutality.
Fewer than a dozen police officers have been convicted of murder while on duty in the United States in the past 15 years, and Chauvin is Minnesota’s first white police officer convicted of murdering a black man.
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