Derek Chauvin Calls His George Floyd Murder Trial A 'Sham' In New Documentary

The film floats conspiracy theories, including an FBI plot.

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis policeman convicted in 2021 of murdering George Floyd, claims that he’s a victim in a new documentary that spins conspiracy theories in Chauvin’s defense.

The Daily Mail reports that the ex-cop, who is serving a 21-year sentence at a federal prison in Arizona, describes his trial and sentencing as a “sham” in a telephone interview with Liz Collin, producer of the film titled The Fall of Minneapolis.

A shocking video of Chauvin’s May 2020 arrest of Floyd, who is Black, went viral and ignited a global racial justice movement. It showed Chauvin kneeling on the handcuffed Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, ignoring his plea to be allowed to breathe. 

Chauvin said he used a technique to restrain Floyd that the police department taught officers. In the documentary, he and other cops claim that Chauvin’s knee was actually on Floyd’s shoulder blade, contradicting what the world saw in the video.

The ex-cop also blames EMTs for taking too long to arrive at the scene. He said an ambulance bay was only eight blocks away, but it took 20 minutes for them to come. 

Collin’s documentary suggests that the FBI was part of a conspiracy to convict Chauvin. According to the theory, federal agents altered Floyd’s autopsy report to lead a jury to conclude that Chauvin suffocated Floyd.

The Minneapolis Patch reports that Colin is a conservative commentator and former news anchor for CBS Minnesota. Protesters targeted the home of Colin and her husband, Bob Kroll, who was the Minneapolis police union president during Floyd’s death. 

Derek Chauvin Wants The U.S. Supreme Court To Overturn His Murder Conviction

Chauvin, convicted in separate state and federal cases, has filed multiple appeals. 

On Monday (Nov. 20), the U.S. Supreme Court turned away one of those appeals, in which Chauvin argued that he could not get a fair trial in Minneapolis amid widespread racial justice protests, CBS News reports.

A Hennepin County jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in April 2021 for the death of Floyd.

On Nov. 13, Chauvin filed a separate appeal to vacate his federal conviction, alleging that new evidence shows he did not cause Floyd’s death. 

Chauvin claimed that his trial attorney failed to inform him that Kansas-based pathologist Dr. William Schaetzel offered to testify that Floyd did not die of asphyxia but from a rare tumor called a paraganglioma that can cause a fatal surge of adrenaline.

The ex-officer said he would not have pleaded guilty to federal charges in 2021 if he knew about Schaetzel.

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