The attorney for the man convicted of being responsible for George Floyd’s death told the Minnesota Court of Appeals that his client did not receive a fair trial.
Derrick Chauvin, along with three other former Minneapolis officers, were indicted by a federal grand jury, accusing them of depriving Floyd of his rights while exercising the authority of a government agency.
Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison in 2021.
According to CBS news, Chauvin’s attorney William Mohrman told the court:
“The primary issue on this appeal is whether a criminal defendant can get a fair trial consistent with constitutional requirements in a courthouse surrounded by concrete block, barbed wire, two armored personnel carriers, and a squad of National Guard troops, all of which or whom are there for one purpose: in the event that the jury acquits the defendant,”
George Floyd died on May 25, 2020, while pinned to the ground under Chauvin’s knee for almost nine minutes, the entire encounter was caught on camera.
In my opinion, for that reason alone, the fact it is on camera, the conviction shouldn’t be overturned.