Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is serving a 21-year sentence for George Floyd’s murder, has termed his trial a “sham” in his first statements to the press.
The new documentary The Fall of Minneapolis includes the interview and reexamines Floyd’s killing, Chauvin’s punishment, and the global reaction to it.
Filmmaker Liz Collin, a journalist, set out to show how the Democratic Party’s support for the case sped up the worldwide rush to judgment, which, in her view, contributed to the nationwide increase in crime.
Due to her marital status with the then-chief of the police union, she faced vilification in 2020 while covering the riots after Floyd’s death.
Many demonstrators chanted for the dismissal of the veteran journalist as they gathered outside her residence.
Although the initial autopsy report did not indicate asphyxiation, her crowdfunded video lends credence to the idea that the FBI tampered with Floyd’s records to make it seem like Chauvin had strangled him by kneeling on his neck.
Furthermore, it brings attention to the fact that other Minneapolis police officers testified that when Chauvin restrained Floyd, he was only following protocol, and it accuses the prosecution of failing to consider evidence that may have cleared Chauvin of wrongdoing.
Chauvin talked to Collin from behind bars, saying both the trial and his punishment were shams. He also said the ambulance’s response time was lacking.
Despite an ambulance bay being only eight blocks away, it took twenty minutes for EMTs to reach the scene.
He and other officers underwent Maximal Restraint Technique (MRT) training. He brings it up again and again. Training manuals include images of police officers squatting on a suspect’s shoulder blade to subdue.
He did just that during his eight minutes and forty-six seconds of kneeling on Floyd, according to him and the other officers.
The footage that went viral shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
On Monday, the Supreme Court denied Chauvin’s request to vacate his conviction.
In upholding Chauvin’s conviction and sentence of 22.5 years, the justices made no statement and left the state court’s decision in effect.
In 2021, Chauvin’s attorneys claimed their client was unfairly tried due to attention surrounding the trial and fears of violence after an acquittal.