Derek Chauvin intends to appeal on appeal 14 points of his conviction, handed down by the justice of Minnesota, for killing an African-American forty-something by kneeling on his neck for ten minutes.

New twist in this trial which agitated the United States. Former US police officer Derek Chauvin intends to appeal the 22-and-a-half-year prison sentence handed down on him for the murder of African-American George Floyd , according to court documents released Thursday (September 23).

Derek Chauvin intends to appeal on appeal 14 points of his conviction, pronounced on June 25 by the justice of Minnesota for having killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for ten minutes in May 2020 in Minneapolis . He complains in particular that the judge did not order the solitary confinement of the jurors for the duration of the trial.

A viral scene

On May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old white police officer, wanted to arrest George Floyd, suspected of having used a fake $ 20 bill to buy cigarettes. With three colleagues, he had pinned him to the ground, before kneeling on his neck. The policeman had maintained his pressure for nearly ten minutes, indifferent to the groans of George Floyd but also to the pleas of distraught passers-by, even once the pulse of the forty-something had become undetectable.

The scene, filmed and uploaded by a witness, quickly went viral and sparked giant protests against racism and police violence in the United States and around the world. Derek Chauvin has always assured to have followed the procedures in force in the police force to control a recalcitrant suspect. His three former colleagues, Tou Thao, Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, are to be tried in March 2022 for “complicity in murder”, also by the justice of Minnesota.

Derek Chauvin plans to appeal his conviction and sentence for the murder of George Floyd — arguing the judge abused his discretion in critical points in the case, according to documents filed Thursday.

The former Minneapolis police officer said in the court filing that he intends to appeal on 14 grounds.

One claim made by Chauvin in the notice to appeal is that Judge Peter Cahill abused his discretion by denying him a request to move the trial out of Hennepin County because of pretrial publicity.

Chauvin, 45, also claimed Cahill abused his discretion when he denied requests to postpone the trial or grant a new one — and when he rejected a request to sequester the jury for the duration of the trial.

Separately on Thursday, Chauvin filed a motion to pause the appeals process until the state’s high court reviews a previous decision to deny him a public defender.

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murdering George Floyd, appealed the conviction on his own behalf at the 11th-hour Thursday, CBS Minnesota reports.

Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on Memorial Day of 2020. He was sentenced to 22-and-a-half years in prison.

When video of Floyd’s death went viral, it sparked the biggest U.S. demonstrations for racial justice in decades.

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