The murder of George Floyd

Supreme Court rejects appeal of Derek Chauvin, convicted of killing George Floyd

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The U.S. Supreme Court building is seen at sunset in Washington DC on December 03, 2021.
Kerem Yücel | MPR News

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's appeal of his conviction for second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd.

The justices did not comment in leaving in place state court rulings affirming Chauvin’s conviction and 22 1/2-year sentence.

Chauvin's lawyers argued that their client was denied a fair trial in 2021 because of pretrial publicity and concerns for violence in the event of an acquittal.

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin addresses the court at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis.
Court TV via AP 2021

Floyd, who was Black, died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, who is white, pressed a knee on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes on the street outside a convenience store where Floyd tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. A bystander video captured Floyd’s fading cries of “I can’t breathe.” Floyd’s death touched off protests worldwide, some of which turned violent, and forced a national reckoning with police brutality and racism that is still playing out.

Chauvin is separately appealing his conviction on federal civil rights charges.

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