A long-coming appeal to the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the officer-involved death of George Floyd has come with the legal team representing Chauvin bringing forward evidence that reportedly was not seen by the original court.
According to The Associated Press, Chauvin who was convicted for murder and violation of civil rights in 2021 after an ill-fated arrest attempt in 2020 resulted in Floyd’s death, has said in the court filing that the evidence proves he did not commit murder.
Chauvin, currently serving a 21-year sentence at Florence Maximum Security Prison in Arizona filed the appeal without the assistance of a lawyer and claims that Dr. William Schaetzel, of Topeka, Kansas has told him he believes Floyd did not die from asphyxia due to the then-police officer’s actions. Rather, he perished due to a rate form of tumor known as a paraganglioma which can cause a fatal surge of adrenaline. Schaetzel, a pathologist did not physically examine Floyd but reviewed autopsy reports per the AP.
Schaetzel told reporters, “I can’t go to my grave with what I know,” he added, “I just want the truth.”
According to Chauvin, Schaetzel contacted his former attorney Eric Nelson in 2021 and even attempted to contact the judge and prosecutor in the Minnesota trial. However, Nelson never told Chauvin about the doctor’s findings or theories, nor did he challenge the constitutionality of the federal civil rights charges against him.
As reported by The Western Journal, Chauvin is asking for his conviction to be thrown out and a new trial convened, or at least a new evidentiary hearing to be conducted.
Federal courts have twice rejected Chauvin’s request for a hearing on his appeal. His request is currently pending before the United States Supreme Court.
Savannah Hernandez of Turning Point USA and The Post Millennial commented on X, “Free him. George Floyd died from a drug overdose. Chauvin is only sitting in jail to appease BLM terrorists.”
Free him. George Floyd died from a drug overdose. Chauvin is only sitting in jail to appease BLM terrorists
— Savanah Hernandez (@sav_says_) November 15, 2023
The timing of the appeal is coincidental with the release of the documentary The Fall Of Minneapolis that covers the case, and subsequent trials. In promotional materials for the film, Bill Mohrman, Derek Chauvin‘s attorney, said “Every juror had a stake in the outcome in that case.”
"Every juror had a stake in the outcome in that case," Bill Mohrman, Derek Chauvin's attorney, said. Watch the full documentary at https://t.co/ytr4ld7V2W#thefallofminneapolis #minneapolis #derekchauvin #georgefloyd pic.twitter.com/8VewgWymky
— Alpha News (@AlphaNewsMN) November 17, 2023
According to Fox News, Chauvin stated in his motion that no jury would have convicted him, if Dr. Schaetzel’s testimony had been presented in court during his 2021 state trial.