Former Minneapolis police officer was discovered responsible of homicide, sentenced to greater than 22 years in jail final yr.
The previous Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd has appealed his homicide conviction, arguing that the jury was intimidated by persevering with protests and prejudiced by extreme pre-trial publicity, amongst different issues.
Attorneys for Derek Chauvin requested the Minnesota Court docket of Appeals in a court docket submitting earlier this week to reverse his conviction, reverse the choice and order a brand new trial in a brand new venue, or order a resentencing.
A Minneapolis jury final yr discovered Chauvin responsible of homicide within the killing of Floyd, an unarmed Black man whose demise in 2020 spurred nationwide protests demanding an finish to police brutality and anti-Black racism.
A choose later sentenced the previous officer to 22.5 years in jail. Chauvin held his knee in opposition to Floyd’s neck for greater than 9 minutes throughout an arrest in Minneapolis on Might 25, 2020, because the 46-year-old repeatedly pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.
This week, Chauvin’s lawyer, William Mohrman, laid out a lot of challenges to his conviction, together with his longstanding argument that the trial mustn’t have been held in Hennepin County, the place Floyd was killed.
“The overwhelming media protection uncovered the jurors – actually each day – to information demonizing Chauvin and glorifying Floyd which was greater than ample to presume prejudice,” the temporary mentioned.
Mohrman mentioned a number of potential jurors expressed considerations throughout jury choice that if Chauvin was acquitted they’d concern for his or her private security and frightened about extra violence. He mentioned a number of of them indicated they have been intimidated by the safety measures applied on the court docket to guard trial individuals from protesters.
The submitting additionally cited the deadly capturing of Daunte Wright by a police officer in close by Brooklyn Heart throughout Chauvin’s trial. It mentioned jurors ought to have been sequestered after choice to keep away from being prejudiced by experiences of that killing.
It additionally cited a $27m settlement reached between town and Floyd’s household that was introduced throughout jury choice, saying the timing of that prejudiced jurors within the case.
Mohrman identified a number of situations of alleged prosecutorial misconduct, claiming premature sharing of proof, failure to reveal and doc dumping by the federal government.
The submitting additionally mentioned the choose didn’t apply the sentencing tips accurately and mustn’t have included “abuse of a place of authority” as an aggravating sentencing issue for the previous police officer.
Minnesota Lawyer Common Keith Ellison has 45 days to answer Chauvin’s temporary.
The submitting got here days after a state investigation that started after Floyd was killed concluded Minneapolis police have engaged in an unlawful “sample or apply” of racial discrimination.
The Minnesota Division of Human Rights mentioned in its 75-page report on Wednesday that Minneapolis police arrest and use power in opposition to individuals of color, notably Black people, extra steadily than white individuals in related settings.
Minneapolis police use covert social media to surveil Black individuals and Black organisations unrelated to any legal exercise, it discovered, whereas in addition they constantly use racist, misogynistic and disrespectful language.
Officers and supervisors obtain poor coaching that emphasised a paramilitary strategy, and there’s a lack of accountability for officers who have interaction in misconduct, the report additionally mentioned.