United States: ex-policeman convicted of George Floyd's murder appeals

the essential The former American policeman Derek Chauvin appealed against the sentence to 22 and a half years of prison pronounced against him for the murder of the African-American George Floyd in 2020.

Former US policeman Derek Chauvin has appealed the sentence of 20 and a half years in prison handed down against him for the murder of the Afro- American George Floyd in 2020, according to court documents unveiled Thursday.

Call on 14 condemnation points

Derek Chauvin attacked on appeal 14 points of his sentence, pronounced on 22 June by Minnesota Justice. He complains in particular that the judge did not order the solitary confinement of the jurors for the duration of the trial.

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His conviction had been greeted with a great sigh of relief in the country, which feared it would flare up again if he emerged free from the hearings.

Before Derek Chauvin, only a dozen American police officers received prison sentences for murders committed in the line of duty.

On 25 May 2020 in Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin, a white policeman from 44 years, had wanted to arrest George Floyd, suspected of having used a fake banknote from 20 dollars to buy cigarettes. With three colleagues, he pinned him to the ground, before kneeling on his neck.

The policeman had maintained his pressure for nearly ten minutes, indifferent to the groans of George Floyd but also to the pleas of panicked passers-by, even once the pulse of the forty-something has become undetectable.

The scene, filmed and uploaded by a witness, quickly went viral and sparked giant protests against racism and police violence in the United States and around the world.

Derek Chauvin has always assured to have followed the procedures in force in the police force to control a recalcitrant suspect.

His three former colleagues, Tou Thao, Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, are to be tried in March 2022 for “complicity in murder” also by the justice of Minnesota.

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