An attorney for ex-police officer Derek Chauvin who made headlines in the murder case of George Floyd, says his client did not get a fair trial.
Attorney William Mohrman noted that procedural and legal errors prevented Chauvin’s right to a fair trial. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died after then-police officer Chauvin pinned him down for 9 ½ minutes with a knee to his neck during an attempt to arrest him.
The alleged suspect had resisted multiple officers’ commands before being pinned. Videos of the incident sparked a wave of national riots and protests. The former officer was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to 22 ½ years by Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill.
Chauvin later pled guilty to a federal civil rights charge and is serving his 21-year federal sentence concurrently in a federal Arizona prison with his state sentence. According to News Nation Now, Mohrman said:.
“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.”