A spokesman for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office oversaw the prosecution, dismissed the claims. “The court has already rejected many of these arguments, and the state will vigorously oppose them,” he said.
Derek Chauvin, who was convicted on murder and manslaughter charges, deserved a more severe sentence after he inflicted "gratuitous pain" on George Floyd last year, argued Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D).
The ruling comes as the backlash and protests over the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, N.C., and the lack of details released by authorities, have heightened tensions in the week after the Black man's death.
The shooting of Andrew Brown Jr., 42, has ignited calls for the release of the video, which the family and their attorneys say shows that Brown was unarmed when he was killed by Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies.