5 May 2021

George Floyd case: Police officer Derek Chauvin asks judge for new trial

12:20 pm on 5 May 2021

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has asked a Minneapolis judge for a new trial, two weeks after he was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listens to the verdict.

Derek Chauvin listens to the verdict in his trial in the killing of George Floyd on 20 April 2021. Photo: AFP / Court TV

In a series of motions filed to District Court Judge Peter Cahill, Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, said his client was deprived of a fair trial, adding there was prosecutorial and jury misconduct, errors of law at trial and that the verdict was contrary to law.

On 20 April, a 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty on all three counts he faced after considering 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 United States and a rebuke of law enforcement's treatment of Black Americans.

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

- Reuters

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