Premier League launches plan for more South Asian players

Premier League launches plan for more South Asian players

England’s Premier League has set in motion an action plan to aid the progress of young footballers from South Asian backgrounds into professional football.

The scheme, launched alongside anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out, is part of the No Room For Racism plan, which aims to improve playing, coaching and executive pathways for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.

The former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd has appealed his murder conviction, arguing that the jury was intimidated by continuing protests and prejudiced by excessive pre-trial publicity, among other things.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Lawyers for Derek Chauvin asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals in a court filing earlier this week to reverse his conviction, reverse the decision and order a new trial in a new venue, or order a resentencing.

A Minneapolis jury last year found Chauvin guilty of murder in the killing of Floyd, an unarmed Black man whose death in 2020 spurred nationwide protests demanding an end to police brutality and anti-Black racism.

A judge later sentenced the former officer to 22.5 years in prison. Chauvin held his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, as the 46-year-old repeatedly pleaded that he could not breathe.

This week, Chauvin’s lawyer, William Mohrman, laid out a number of challenges to his conviction, including his longstanding argument that the trial should not have been held in Hennepin County, where Floyd was killed.

The overwhelming media coverage exposed the jurors – literally every day – to news demonizing Chauvin and glorifying Floyd which was more than sufficient to presume prejudice,” the brief said.

Mohrman said several potential jurors expressed concerns during jury selection that if Chauvin was acquitted they would fear for their personal safety and worried about more violence. He said several of them indicated they were intimidated by the security measures implemented at the court to protect trial participants from protesters.

The filing also cited the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright by a police officer in nearby Brooklyn Center during Chauvin’s trial. It said jurors should have been sequestered after selection to avoid being prejudiced by reports of that killing.

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