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George Floyd killer Derek Chauvin calls for new trial

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin

The legal team of Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer was convicted last month of murdering George Floyd, has filed a motion in a Minneapolis court for a new trial, alleging misconduct by both prosecutors and jurors.

Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, wrote in the filing that his client must have a new trial in the "interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law."

"The jury committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations, in violation of Mr. Chauvin's constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial," Nelson noted.

On April 20, Chauvin was found guilty of all the three criminal counts he was facing regarding the murder of George Floyd.

He has received up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd, 46, died last May as Chauvin pressed a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes during his arrest while he was pinned down to the ground by officers.

The incident, which was captured on video that went viral, set off months of angry protests across the United States and the world, as people demanded an end to racial injustice and police brutality against African Americans.

His death in police custody also sparked an intense debate about systemic racism, police accountability and the criminal justice system in the United States.

Many similar cases have not led to charges for the officers involved, including in the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice.

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