Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty by a jury of manslaughter in the killing of African-American George Floyd last May, has filed an appeal requesting a new trial. NBC reported this on Tuesday, May 4.
Eric Nelson, the ex-cop’s lawyer, argues in the appeal that his client could not expect a fair verdict because of the extensive pre-trial publicity in the case.
Chauvin’s trial began March 8. On April 20, a jury in U.S. court in Minneapolis found the ex-cop guilty of murdering Floyd on all three counts.
Chauvin used a chokehold on Floyd on May 25 of last year while apprehending him. Shortly thereafter, the African-American man died. After Floyd’s death, there were widespread protests and riots in the United States. The U.S. National Guard became involved with local law enforcement agencies to restore calm. Curfews were imposed in about 40 cities, including Washington D.C. and New York City.