Dereck Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, is asking for a retrial.
Chauvin’s lawyer filed documents on Tuesday, May 4 asking for a new trial, on account that his client was denied a fair trial.
Chauvin, 45, had been charged on three counts: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. The U.S jury found him guilty on all counts.
Chauvin’s legal team believes that there were errors in the manner in which the case was handled. They say that the verdict that he was guilty of murder and manslaughter was not only unlawful but that there was misconduct by prosecutors and the jury.
The former police officer is supposed to be sentenced next month and he faces up to 40 years imprisonment.
Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck
Chauvin was filmed kneeling on the neck of African-American man George Floyd for more than nine minutes last May, resulting in his death.
The nine-minute long footage of Floyd’s killing sparked worldwide protests against racism and police brutality. Chauvin’s trial took three weeks. Jurors, numbering 12, agreed unanimously and were told they could not return home until they had made their decision.
Hundreds of people who had gathered outside the courtroom in the U.S city of Minneapolis cheered as the verdict was announced.
Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle did not shy away from expressing their gratitude saying,” Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied.”
A US media reports that the request for a new trial was expected as this is common after conviction.