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Derek Chauvin, Convicted in George Floyd’s Death, Stabbed in Arizona Prison: Shockwaves Reverberate

According to the Associated Press (AP), Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer acquitted of murdering George Floyd, was stabbed by another prisoner and seriously wounded at a federal prison in Arizona, according to an unnamed source. The assault reportedly occurred on Friday at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, a medium-security prison facing challenges with security lapses and understaffing. As per the Associated Press, the individual revealing the incident details chose to remain anonymous due to non-disclosure restrictions. The New York Times is also covering the event, citing information from two individuals familiar with the matter.

According to the Associated Press, the Bureau of Prisons verified that an inmate was assaulted at FCI Tucson around 12.30 p.m. local time on Friday. The department said in a statement that responding workers confined the event and administered “life-saving measures” before transporting the inmate, who was not identified, to a hospital for additional care and evaluation. According to the Bureau of Prisons, no personnel were wounded, and the FBI was alerted. Visitation at the prison, which houses approximately 380 convicts, has been suspended. This is the second high-profile assault on a federal prisoner in five months.

The Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Is Allegedly Stabbed In Federal Prison

Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer serving time for the murder of George Floyd, was fatally injured by another inmate on Friday at a federal prison in Arizona, as reported by an individual familiar with the situation. The incident took place at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, a medium-security prison grappling with security issues and a shortage of staff. The source, speaking anonymously to the AP, was not authorized to publicly disclose the attack details. On Friday, the Bureau of Prisons confirmed that an inmate at FCI Tucson was assaulted around 12:30 p.m. local time. The department said in a statement that responding workers confined the event and administered “life-saving measures” before transporting the inmate, who was not identified, to a hospital for additional care and evaluation. According to the Bureau of Prisons, no personnel were wounded, and the FBI was alerted. Visitation at the prison, which houses approximately 380 convicts, has been suspended. Chauvin’s stabbing marks the second prominent attack on a federal inmate in the last five months. In July, Larry Nassar, a notorious sports doctor, was stabbed by a fellow inmate in a federal prison in Florida.

This marks the second notable incident at the Tucson federal prison in under a year. In November 2022, an inmate at the low-security prison camp wielded a gun, threatening to harm a visitor by aiming at their head. Although the inmate should not have had access to the weapon, it malfunctioned, and fortunately, no injuries occurred. Chauvin, aged 47, was moved from a high-security Minnesota state prison to FCI Tucson in August 2022 to serve a 21-year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights, in addition to a 22-and-a-half-year state term for second-degree murder. Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s lawyer, had fought to keep him out of the main prison and away from other offenders, fearing that he would be a target. Chauvin was placed in solitary confinement in Minnesota “largely for his own safety,” Nelson stated in court papers last year. Chauvin’s appeal of his murder conviction was denied by the United States Supreme Court last week. Separately, Chauvin is attempting to have his federal guilty plea overturned, saying that fresh evidence reveals he did not cause Floyd’s death.