The former Minneapolis police officer convicted over the death of George Floyd intends to appeal his conviction and sentence, saying the judge abused his discretion or erred during several key points in the case.

According to documents filed on Thursday, Derek Chauvin intends to appeal on 14 grounds.

Among them, he claims Judge Peter Cahill abused his discretion when he denied Chauvin’s request to move the trial out of Hennepin County in Minnesota due to pre-trial publicity.

He also claims the judge abused his discretion when he denied a request to sequester the jury for the duration of the trial, and when he denied requests to postpone the trial or grant a new one.

Chauvin was convicted earlier this year on state charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s 2020 death. He was sentenced to 22 and a half years.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in court as he is found guilty for the murder of George Floyd.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in court as he is found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. Credit: JE/AP

He is also charged in federal court with violating Floyd’s civil rights when the former police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for about nine and a half minutes as he was face down on the pavement, not resisting and pleading for air.

Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

The 45-year-old Chauvin had 90 days from his sentencing to file notice that he intends to appeal.

George Floyd.
George Floyd. Credit: Twitter

In addition to his notice, he also filed a motion to put the appeals process on hold until the Supreme Court reviews an earlier decision to deny him a public defender to represent him in his appeal.

In an affidavit filed on Thursday, Chauvin said he has no attorney in the appeals process, and no income aside from nominal prison wages.

His case before Cahill was funded by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association’s legal defence fund.

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