The Supreme Court has denied an appeal by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in the killing of violent repeat criminal George Floyd.
Chauvin had appealed his conviction on the basis that the jury was biased against him because they feared more riots in the city if they didn’t convict him.
Chauvin is serving a 20-year prison sentence for second- and third-degree murder of Floyd, whose death ignited protests and riots across the country, and claims of systemic racism. The incident spawned the Black Lives Matter movement and may have contributed to the election of President Joe Biden, as blacks across the country were motivated to vote.
“Mr. Chauvin’s case shows the profound difficulties trial courts have to ensure a criminal defendant’s right to an impartial jury consistently when extreme cases arise,” Chauvin’s attorneys argued to the high court. “This was particularly true here when the jurors themselves had a vested interest in finding Mr. Chauvin guilty in order to avoid further rioting in the community in which they lived and the possible threat of physical harm to them or their families.”
The court gave no explanation as to why it was not agreeing to hear the appeal.
Also this week, a documentary about the 2020 riots in Minneapolis was released. “The Fall of Minneapolis” is based on the book by Liz Collin, titled, “They’re Lying.”
In the book and the documentary, Collin uncovers what really happened on Chicago Avenue, through interviews with those who were there, including Chauvin and other police officers who have not spoken out about the incident before. The film contains body-worn camera video of George Floyd’s arrest, interviews with officers who served during the riots, key evidence from the autopsy, and important facts from the Chauvin trial.
“Liz exposes how the facts were manipulated to dupe and divide America,” the filmmakers say on their website. “After years of in-depth research, we show the evidence that others have ignored or outright censored. This is everything they don’t want you to see.”