Derek Chauvin, Convicted in George Floyd’s Murder, Stabbed in Federal Prison
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer serving time for the murder of George Floyd in 2020, was stabbed in a federal prison in Arizona on Friday, according to the office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
The attorney general’s office, responsible for prosecuting Chauvin in the George Floyd case, confirmed the assault on Saturday, stating that Chauvin is in stable condition. Ellison expressed sadness over the act of violence, emphasizing that, like any incarcerated individual, Chauvin should serve his sentence without fear of retaliation.
The assault occurred at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson around 12:30 p.m., where Chauvin is serving two concurrent sentences related to Floyd’s murder. The Bureau of Prisons reported that responding employees initiated life-saving measures for the assaulted individual, who was then transferred to a hospital for treatment. Fortunately, no prison staff members were injured during the incident.
Visitation at the prison has been suspended indefinitely from Saturday for safety and security reasons, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Emery Nelson. However, Nelson did not confirm if the visitation suspension is directly linked to the attack on an inmate at the facility.
Greg Erickson, Chauvin’s attorney, revealed that he learned about the assault through the media and has been unsuccessful in reaching prison officials for confirmation. Erickson expressed frustration over the lack of communication, stating that Chauvin’s parents have also been unable to contact him.
In April 2021, Chauvin was convicted on state charges, including second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, receiving a sentence of 22 and a half years. Subsequently, he pleaded guilty to federal charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights and received an additional 21-year sentence.
Chauvin’s assault in prison underscores the notoriety he gained following Floyd’s death. Erickson highlighted the dangers Chauvin faces in prison due to a portion of the inmate population seeking recognition by harming him.
Chauvin’s actions in May 2020, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes, ignited widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality. Floyd’s tragic death led to global movements advocating for improved treatment of people of color, particularly Black Americans, by law enforcement.
Despite Chauvin’s attempt to appeal his state conviction, the US Supreme Court recently rejected his plea for a fair trial. The court declined to comment on or record a vote regarding Chauvin’s appeal.
Chauvin’s notoriety, both within and outside the prison walls, continues to be a significant factor, highlighting the challenges he faces while serving his sentence. The incident adds another layer of complexity to the aftermath of the highly publicized trial, raising questions about the safety and security of high-profile inmates within the prison system.