World Lead 1-USA / George Floyd-Derek Chauvin Request a New Trial

04:30  05 may  2021
04:30  05 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Grand jury indicts former cops on violating Floyd’s civil rights

  Grand jury indicts former cops on violating Floyd’s civil rights Federal grand jury indicts four former Minneapolis police officers for civil rights violations in George Floyd’s death.Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, when former officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on the Black man’s back for more than nine minutes. A jury found Chauvin guilty of three counts of unintentional murder and manslaughter in April. Chauvin has appealed and asked for a new trial.

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May 4 (Reuters) - Derek Chauvin, asked Tuesday to a minneapolis judge a new trial, two weeks after being convicted of homicide and murder at the second and third degree for the death of George Floyd, according to judicial documents.

In a series of requests filed before a judge, Derek Chauvin's lawyer, said his client had been deprived of a fair trial, arguing that the Prosecutor and the jury had committed misconduct that there had been errors of law during the trial and the verdict was contrary to the law.

On April 20th, a 12-member jury said Derek Chauvin, 45, guilty of the three charges he faced.

This rare verdict against a policeman is considered an important step in the racial history of the United States and as a reprimand from the treatment of African Americans by the police.

George Floyd died on May 25 after having been kept on the ground for more than nine minutes by Derek Chauvin, hands handcuffed in the back and a knee of the policeman resting on his neck while he said not to be able to breathe. The scene had been filmed by passersby and massively shared on social networks. (Brendan O'Brien; French version Camille Raynaud)

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From 2015 to 2020, Black Americans were killed by police at a rate that was more than twice as high as white Americans. And according to data from 2017 to 2020 analyzed by the NAACP, a Black man "is five times more likely to be stopped without just cause than a white person." At the end of 2018, the rate of Black people being imprisoned was nearly five times as high as that of white Americans, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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