Derek Chauvin asks judge for new trial after being found guilty of murdering George Floyd

Sean Morrison
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 (Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP)
(Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP)

Derek Chauvin has asked for a new trial, two weeks after he was found guilty of murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The former police officer’s attorney said his client was deprived of a fair trial. He said there was prosecutorial and jury misconduct, errors of law at trial and that the verdict was contrary to law.

Chauvin was found guilty of second and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of Mr Floyd.

The jury considered three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts.

The rare verdict against a police officer is considered a milestone in the fraught racial history of the US and a rebuke of law enforcement€™ treatment of Black Americans.

In a confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, a white veteran of the Minneapolis police force, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than 9 minutes on May 25, 2020.

Chauvin and three fellow officers were attempting to arrest Floyd, accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a grocery store.

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