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The boy's mother had said the teacher, who is white, had a "heart of pure gold" and did not deserve to lose her job. She explained that her relationship with the teacher was not simply a parent/teacher relationship, but a "genuine" friendship."We laughed together, we cried together, gossiped, just simple things people who genuinely LOVE EACH OTHER do," she wrote.Kendra Jackson said while the photo was taken on the day Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, that "was not on our minds.""The whole situation is not what it was made out to be," she wrote."Should the picture have been taken? No.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has requested a new trial, two weeks after he was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.
In a series of motions filed to District Court Judge Peter Cahill on Tuesday, Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, said the ex-officer was deprived of a fair trial.
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U.S. adults who disagreed with the verdict were overwhelmingly white, conservative and male. About half of respondents overall, 48 percent, said they agree with the BLM movement's ideas.President Joe Biden's current approval rating of about 60 percent is almost identical to the percentage of Americans who said they approved of his general responses and handling of George Floyd's death and Chauvin's trial.Among white Americans, 70 percent responded that the three guilty convictions were the "right verdict," compared to 30 percent who said that was the "wrong verdict.
Nelson said there was prosecutorial and jury misconduct, errors of law at trial and that the verdict was contrary to law.
“The publicity here was so pervasive and so prejudicial before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural defect in the proceedings,” the lawyer wrote in the motion, as reported by CNN.
Floyd’s murder was captured on camera and led to mass protests across the United States and around the world, with thousands taking to the streets to demand an end to police violence and racial injustice.
Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 last year with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, faces at least 75 years in prison – and potentially more if the judge finds aggravating factors sought by the prosecution. His sentencing has been set for June.
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An application has been made to pardon George Floyd for a 2004 drugs conviction. © Other Gerald Goines was part of a Houston police narcotics unit Mr Floyd was arrested in Houston in February 2004 by Gerald Goines for selling $10-worth of crack in a police sting.After pleading guilty, Mr Floyd was jailed for 10 months.But Goines faces a series of criminal charges, including two for murder, after a drugs raid in 2019 which resulted in the deaths of Dennis Tuttle, 59, and his wife, Rhogena Nicholas, 58. © Other Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas.
During the trial, Nelson had argued that the jurors could be influenced by the news surrounding the trial, including comments by politicians on what might happen as a result of the verdict.
Judge Cahill had rejected those arguments but asked jurors to avoid watching the news. The jury was sequestered after the closing arguments were made in the case.
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna, reporting from Washington, DC, said Chauvin’s lawyer is contending that there were multiple problems with the trial, including that the judge refused to move the venue from Minneapolis.
The lawyer also asserted that there was jury misconduct, as one of the jurors reportedly attended a rally in the US capital to commemorate Floyd, Hanna said.
“Now it’s up to the Minneapolis District Court to decide whether or not to proceed with this complaint, or to investigate it further,” he reported.
Hanna added that an appeal was not unexpected, but said “this is such a high profile case that inflamed so many emotions, that any attempt to try and knock down this verdict is going to be met with deep public concern”.
Prosecutors last week had asked the judge overseeing the case against Chauvin to consider several aggravating circumstances when he sentences the former police officer.
State of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and lead prosecutor Matthew Frank said that Chauvin deserves a sentence stiffer than the state guidelines dictate because he held a position of authority and treated Floyd, a vulnerable victim, with cruelty.
The “defendant’s actions inflicted gratuitous pain, and caused psychological distress to Mr. Floyd and to the bystanders”, the prosecutors wrote, adding that Chauvin made “no attempt” to give Floyd medical attention.
George Floyd death: Chauvin could face tougher sentence as Minnesota judge finds aggravating factors .
A judge's ruling made public Wednesday lists "aggravating factors" that could pave the way for a longer sentence for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted last month of second and third-degree murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death.Though found guilty on all three counts, Minnesota law says that Chauvin will only be sentenced for the most serious count – second-degree murder – which carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years. But because he has no prior criminal record, Minnesota sentencing guidelines say Chauvin could face a presumptive sentence of 12.5 years on that count.