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Supreme Court rejects appeal of former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing George Floyd

WASHINGTON (AP) — The on Monday rejected former Minneapolis police Officer ‘s appeal of his conviction for second-degree murder in the killing of .

The justices did not comment in leaving in place state court rulings affirming Chauvin’s conviction and 22 1/2-year sentence.

Chauvin’s lawyers argued that their client was denied a fair trial in 2021 because of pretrial publicity and concerns for violence in the event of an acquittal.

after Chauvin, who is white, pressed a knee on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes on the street outside a convenience store where Floyd tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. A bystander video captured Floyd’s fading cries of “I can’t breathe.” Floyd’s death touched off protests worldwide, some of which turned violent, and forced a national

Chauvin is separately on federal civil rights charges.

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