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George Floyd killer seeks new trial

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has asked a Minneapolis judge for a new trial, court records show.

The move comes two weeks after Chauvin was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.

In a series of motions filed on Tuesday to District Court Judge Peter Cahill, Chauvin’s lawyer Eric Nelson said his client was deprived of a fair trial, adding there was prosecutorial and jury misconduct, errors of law at trial and that the verdict was contrary to law.

On April 20, a 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty on all three counts he faced after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts.

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The rare verdict against a police officer is considered a milestone in the fraught racial history of the US and a rebuke of law enforcement’s treatment of Black Americans.

In a confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, a white veteran of the police force, pushed his knee into the neck of Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020.

Chauvin and three fellow officers were attempting to arrest Mr Floyd, accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a grocery store.

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