Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has reportedly filed for an appeal for a new trial, NBC News reports.

  • Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd after a trial that ended in April.

Why did Chauvin’s team file for a new trial?

Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, said in the request that “Chauvin’s ability to have a fair trial was affected by pretrial publicity,” according to NBC News.

  • Per CNN, the motion lists a number of factors for a new trial, including “the interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law.”
  • “The publicity here was so pervasive and so prejudicial before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural defect in the proceedings,” Nelson wrote, according to CNN.
  • NBC News reports that the appeal suggests that “the court abused its discretion by denying the requests for a change in venue and a new trial.”

Details of Chauvin’s trial:

Back on April 20, Chauvin was found guilty second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

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Floyd’s death sparked a number of protests throughout summer 2020 after video footage showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck. Floyd could be heard in the video footage pleading for his life, as the Deseret News reported.

Former Utah Rep. Mia Love said on Twitter after the verdict that “justice was served, but let’s remember the life that was lost.”

  • “This is justice that no family should ever have to await. Let’s all do our part to improve and heal our shared nation,” Love said on Twitter.