(TheProudRepublic.com) – Adding a new layer of complexity to this infamous case, Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the murder of George Floyd, was stabbed and almost died in a federal prison.
This incident occurred in the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona, a medium-security facility where Chauvin serves two sentences totaling over 20 years.
The stabbing is said to have happened amid staffing shortages and security issues at the prison. Information about the attack on Chauvin came from an anonymous source and the Bureau of Prisons.
The Bureau reported that an unnamed inmate was assaulted and sustained serious injuries. Immediate life-saving measures were undertaken before the victim was transported to a hospital for further care.
Notably, no staff members were injured during the incident. The FBI was promptly informed of the stabbing, as per the Bureau of Prisons’ statement.
This incident is not the first of its kind at the Tucson facility. Last year, an inmate tried to shoot a visitor in the head, but the gun misfired, preventing any injuries.
The potential risks to Chauvin’s safety have been a subject of concern. His legal team had previously argued for his segregation from the general prison population, citing the high likelihood of him being targeted due to his unintentional role in Floyd’s death.
Before his transfer to Tucson in August 2022, Chauvin was held in solitary confinement in a Minnesota state prison. His sentences include a 21-year federal term for violating Floyd’s civil rights and a 22.5-year state term for second and third-degree murder.
This stabbing incident coincides with the Supreme Court’s rejection of Chauvin’s appeal. His defense had filed an appeal, arguing that the trial occurred during a tumultuous period in the country, raising questions about jury impartiality.
The defense’s statement to the Supreme Court highlighted the challenges in ensuring an unbiased jury in high-profile cases: “This was particularly true here when the jurors themselves had a vested interest in finding Mr. Chauvin guilty in order to avoid further rioting in the community in which they lived and the possible threat of physical harm to them or their families.”
The case of Derek Chauvin gained national prominence following a viral video from May 25, 2020, showing him kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. Floyd’s subsequent death while in police custody sparked widespread protests and ignited aggression against police.