Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, convicted in the murder of George Floyd, was stabbed in a federal prison in Arizona, necessitating life-saving measures. The incident took place in the Federal Correctional Institution, Tucson.
Derek Chauvin, 47, was promptly taken to the hospital after being attacked by another inmate. Though he is expected to survive, the severity of his injuries required emergency life-saving measures.
Confirmation from Minnesota Attorney General: Derek Chauvin
The Minnesota Attorney General’s office later confirmed that Chauvin was indeed the victim of the stabbing. Reports from the office stated that Chauvin is in stable condition.
Chauvin’s Conviction and Sentencing
Convicted in April 2021 on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for the death of George Floyd, Chauvin received a 22-year prison sentence on state charges and a concurrent 21-year sentence on federal charges.
Widespread Protests and National Conversation
Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests and initiated a broader conversation on racial injustice and police brutality.
Security Challenges in Federal Prison: Derek Chauvin
The Federal Correctional Institution, Tucson, where the stabbing occurred, has faced security challenges due to staffing shortages.
Similar Incidents and Uncertain Future
This incident follows a similar one in July involving Larry Nassar, the former sports doctor convicted of sexually abusing gymnasts. The motive, suspect, and nature of Chauvin’s injuries remain unclear. It is also uncertain whether he will be transferred to a different facility or subjected to additional security measures. Prior to his transfer to the Arizona prison, Chauvin had been placed in solitary confinement in a Minnesota prison for his safety.