For the murder of African American George Floyd, the former Minneapolis police officer was sentenced to 22.5 year imprisonment.
Derek Chauvin, an ex-US policeman, appealed his sentence for more than 20 years in prison in 2020 for the murder African-American George Floyd. He cited several irregularities in his trial that had revealed the deep racial divides in America.
The footage of him kneeling for close to ten minutes on top of the neck and neck of the man he just arrested was filmed by a witness. It quickly went viral, sparking massive protests across the United States and the world against racism and police brutality.
The sentence of Chauvin to twenty two and a half year imprisonment on June 25, was met with relief by the country. It was worried that the country would catch fire if it was released.
However, the ex-policeman made the decision to appeal the verdict at the last minute. Court documents revealed Thursday, September 23 show that he claims 14 irregularities in his trial. These include the selection of jurors and the fact that the judge didn’t order the jurors to be kept in isolation for the duration. Hearing.
He believes that the State’s attitude was prejudicial from the beginning and accuses court of being indifferent. “Abused of his place”refusing to accept his requests for postponement or his transfer into another State.
Derek Chauvin, a white 44-year-old police officer wanted to arrest George Floyd. He was suspected of using a fake $20 bill to purchase cigarettes. He had pinned Floyd to the ground with three of his colleagues before kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
The policeman held his pressure for close to ten minutes, seemingly unaffected by George Floyd’s repeated grumbles. “I cannot breathe”Not only to the pleas of distraught passersby, but also to their cries.
A young woman captured the scene and posted it on social media. This quickly brought hundreds of thousands to the streets.
Derek Chauvin was the first American police officer to be sentenced for murder in the line-of-duty.
Chauvin also states in his appeal documents that he does not have any income anymore and has no lawyer to help him appeal. After his conviction, a fund meant for his defense was closed.
The ex-policeman was present throughout the six weeks of his trial, but did not testify.
His lawyer claimed that Floyd died because he had followed the procedure to subdue him.