George Floyd’s killer seeks new trial

Derek Chauvin’s legal team has filed court documents alleging misconduct by both prosecutors and jurors.

Mural of George Floyd
A mural of George Floyd, who died at the hands of the police when a former officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes. Picture: F. Muhammad from Pixabay

PRETORIA, May 5 (ANA) – The legal representative for the former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd has filed papers requesting a retrial, claiming misconduct by the jurors and the prosecutors, the Metro UK reported on Wednesday.

In May, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of killing George Floyd last year during a botched arrest in Minneapolis.

Chauvin, 45, was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, a move that proved fatal.

The British publication said Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for his crime and is expected to be sentenced next month.

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

US media reports said that the request for a new trial was expected and is a common move following a conviction.

The New York Times quoted experts as saying it was unlikely that the jury’s decision would be overturned, because of the evidence in the case.

The publication said that, in court documents, defence attorney Eric Nelson argued that the process was not impartial because of pretrial publicity that affected Chauvin’s right to a fair trial.

NBC News said the motion alleges the court abused its discretion by denying the requests for a change in venue and a new trial.

In total, Nelson’s court documents alleged eight abuses of discretion by the court.

He also accused the Minnesota state prosecutors of committing pervasive, prejudicial prosecutorial misconduct that also affected Chauvin’s right to receive a fair trial.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents the Floyd family, took it to Twitter and wrote on his verified account: “No. No. No. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.”

Floyd, 46, was arrested for using a counterfeit US$20 note. The store manager called the police, who arrived and handcuffed Floyd, but he refused to get into the patrol car, saying he was claustrophobic. He was then pinned down and was heard repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe’’, a call which fell on deaf ears, until he died.

The horrific video of Floyd’s last moments went viral and sparked worldwide protests against racism and excessive use of force by police towards black people.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Yaron Blecher

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