Former cop Derek Chauvin appeals George Floyd murder conviction

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin poses for a booking photo after his conviction April 21, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin poses for a booking photo after his conviction April 21, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo credit Minnesota Department of Corrections via Getty Images

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin filed an appeal Thursday in Minnesota state court over his conviction for the murder of George Floyd Jr.

In June, a judge sentenced Chauvin to 22 1/2 years in prison for kneeling on Floyd while he gasped for air, killing him in May 2020. Prosecutors said Chauvin violated department protocol and ignored reasonable calls to stop suffocating Floyd, causing his death.

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