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Derek Chauvin stabbed in Tucson federal prison while serving sentence for murder of George Floyd

Lance R. Fletcher
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Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse, June 25, 2021, in Minneapolis.Photo byCourt TV via Associated Press

Former Minneapolis, Minn. police officer Derek Chauvin was stabbed by another inmate at an Arizona federal prison, according to an Associated Press source.

The former police officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd, has been incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tuscon, Ariz. The FCI is a medium-security prison recently plagued with staff shortages and security lapses. In January, the prison was placed on lockdown just months after an attempted shooting inside the facility.

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) confirmed that an incarcerated person was assaulted at FCI Tucson at around 12:30 p.m. local time Friday. In a statement, the agency said responding employees contained the incident and performed “life-saving measures” before the inmate, who it did not name, was taken to a hospital for further treatment and evaluation. The source that spoke with the Associated Press did so anonymously, as they said they were not allowed to publicly comment on the identity of the prisoner, according to the AP.

No employees were injured and the FBI was notified, according to the BOP. Visiting at the facility, which has about 380 inmates, has been suspended.

There has been no public comment from Chauvin, his lawyers, or the FBI at this time.

Chauvin's charges centered around an arrest attempt on May 25, 2020. A store clerk in Minneapolis had contacted police after suspecting that a local man, George Floyd, may have used a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill to buy cigarettes.

Four police officers, including Chauvin, arrived on scene. After a verbal altercation, Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck and back for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. Chauvin's action caused a lack of oxygen, causing Floyd to asphyxiate.

Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts against him in the subsequent 2022 trial: second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter. He was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison, out of a maximum of a 40-year sentence.


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