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Chauvin’s Appeal Groundwork Is Set With Verdict Yet to Come

Protesters gather outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department calling for justice for Daunte Wright
Photographer: Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times

The groundwork for appealing a possible conviction of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, has been laid even before jurors weigh the charges.

Shocking lawyers on both sides, the city of Minneapolis announced a record $27 million civil settlement with Floyd’s family just as jury selection was getting under way. After another Black man, Daunte Wright, was fatally shot by police in a city suburb during the trial, the judge elected not to sequester jurors or ask them whether the incident and resulting protests would affect their ability to be impartial.