US court asked to toss verdict in ex-cop’s killing of black man

THE police officer who killed African American George Floyd in 2020 asked an appeals court yesterday to overturn his murder conviction, arguing that the extreme media attention and potential for riots had deprived him of a “fair” trial.

Derek Chauvin, 46, was convicted of murder in Minnesota after a closely watched trial in 2021 and sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.