Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Choon has appealed his sentence for the murder of George Floyd, citing 14 complaints related to his trial earlier this year.
Chavin, who was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for killing Floyd by kneeling on his neck for about 10 minutes in June, appealed the sentence to a Minnesota district court on Thursday night. Were able to do so.
He accuses the state of being biased and lists a number of issues with the jury selected for the trial, among other objections.
The former police officer, a 45-year-old white man, was caught on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck, the groaning of the deceased and the pleas of disturbed passers-by.
The scene, filmed and uploaded by a young woman, went viral. Millions took to the streets at home and abroad to demand an end to racism and police brutality.
The former police officer and three accomplices arrested Floyd on suspicion that he had passed a fake $ 20 bill at a store in the northern city of Minneapolis, home to about 400,000 people. They handcuffed him and tied him to the ground in the street.
A jury took less than 10 hours to convict Shawn of Floyd’s murder at the end of a high-profile trial in April. He was convicted of all three charges-second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree murder.
The other three police officers will face state charges for their role in Floyd’s death next year.
Choun’s sentence was greeted with relief across the country. Many feared that being acquitted would lead to the worst unrest, while others feared that once again a white police officer would escape murder.
Floyd’s lawyer called the sentence a “historic” step toward racial reconciliation in the United States.
Shawn had a record of using excessive force before unarmed Floyd died under his knee.