The Supreme Court on Monday declined a request to review former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction for murdering George Floyd in 2020.
The court’s decision means that the district court’s conviction and Chauvin’s prison sentence of over 22 years will stand.
The former police officer’s lawyers has argued that he was denied a fair trial due to pretrial publicity and public safety concerns in the event of an acquittal, as reported by AP.
For the unversed, footage of Chauvin kneeling over Floyd’s neck for straight nine minutes while he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe sparked global protests.
Chauvin is seeking to overturn his federal civil rights convictions stemming from Floyd’s murder, added the report. He pleaded guilty to two charges of violating the civil rights of Floyd and a 14-year-old during a separate arrest in 2017, by using excessive force in each encounter.
He was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the federal convictions.