Supreme Court Rejects Derek Chauvin's Appeal, Upholding Conviction for George Floyd's Murder

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  • Source: Star Tribune
  • 11/21/2023
The Supreme Court has recently made a decision regarding the appeal made by Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd. The court has rejected Chauvin's appeal, thereby upholding his conviction for the aforementioned crime.

The decision that has been made affirms the conviction of a former police officer from Minneapolis for second-degree murder. Additionally, it upholds the sentence of over 20 years in prison that was imposed on the individual.

On Monday, the US Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted for the murder of George Floyd.

The decision that has been made affirms the conviction of Derek Chauvin for second-degree murder, as well as the sentence of over 20 years in prison that has been imposed.

Chauvin's legal defense made a request in October for the highest court in their nation to review their client's case. They argued that their client was not given a fair trial in 2021 due to prejudice during the pretrial phase, which they believed was influenced by extensive publicity.

In addition, the defense team put forth a claim of juror misconduct, contending that the jurors may have been motivated to find Chauvin guilty due to concerns about potential threats of violence from the public.

The Supreme Court's decision to decline Chauvin's appeal was made without any accompanying commentary from the court.

On May 25, 2020, an incident occurred involving the tragic death of Floyd, an individual of Black ethnicity, at the hands of the police. This event sparked widespread demonstrations across the globe, with protestors demanding accountability for those responsible for Floyd's death, as well as an immediate cessation of police brutality and racism on a global scale.


During the incident outside a convenience store, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, applied pressure with his knee to George Floyd's neck for a duration of nine and a half minutes. This occurred as Floyd was suspected of attempting to use a counterfeit $20 bill.

The final moments of George Floyd's life were captured on video by a bystander. In the footage, Floyd can be heard calling out for his mother and uttering the words, "I can't breathe." These powerful words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

J Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao, and Thomas Lane, who were also former officers involved in the murder of George Floyd, received sentences that were comparatively less severe, both at the state and federal levels. Derek Chauvin is currently in the process of appealing his conviction on federal civil rights charges through a separate legal proceeding.


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