Ex-cop convicted of George Floyd's murder files appeal

Ex-cop convicted of George Floyd’s murder files appeal

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Washington: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has appealed his conviction for the murder of George Floyd, citing his high-profile trial earlier this year With 14 complaints, the case angered the United States and exposed deep racial differences.

The killing of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, in May 2020 went viral after being caught on camera and sparked America’s biggest demonstrations for racial justice in decades.

Chauvin, who in June was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for killing Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly 10 minutes, appealed the conviction Thursday night with a Minnesota district court, on the last day he was able to do so.

He accuses the state of prejudicial misconduct and lists multiple issues with the jury selected for the trial, among other objections.

The former police officer accuses the court of “abusing its discretion” by denying requests to postpone or move the trial, and refusing to sequester the jury for its duration.

Qiao Wen, a 45-year-old white man, was photographed kneeling on Freud’s neck, indifferent to the groaning of the dying person and the pleading of upset passers-by.

Floyd repeatedly said “I can’t breathe” before he died.

The scene, filmed and uploaded by a young woman, quickly spread around the world.

Hundreds of thousands of people subsequently poured onto streets across the country and overseas to demand an end to racism and police brutality.

The ex-cop and three of his colleagues arrested Floyd on suspicion of having passed a fake $20 bill in a store in Minneapolis, a northern city of around 400,000 people.

They handcuffed him and pinned him to the street.

In the submitted documents, Xiao Wan stated that he had no income or legal representation during the appeal process. After his sentence was pronounced, the defense fund, which paid for his agency during the trial, was terminated.

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