Former Officer Derek Chauvin, Convicted in George Floyd’s Death, Assaulted in Prison

Former Officer Derek Chauvin, Convicted in George Floyd's Death, Assaulted in Prison

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, was stabbed by another inmate and seriously injured at a federal prison in Arizona. The incident occurred at the Federal Correctional Institution, Tucson, a medium-security prison with a history of security lapses and staffing shortages. The attack took place on Friday, and Chauvin was assaulted by another incarcerated person. The Bureau of Prisons confirmed the assault, stating that responding employees contained the incident and performed life-saving measures before transporting the injured inmate to a hospital for further treatment and evaluation. The FBI has been notified, and visiting at the facility has been suspended.

Chauvin, 47, had been transferred to FCI Tucson from a maximum-security Minnesota state prison in August 2022 to serve concurrent federal and state sentences. He is serving a 21-year federal sentence for violating George Floyd’s civil rights and a 22½-year state sentence for second-degree murder. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, had advocated for keeping him out of the general population due to concerns for his safety. In Minnesota, Chauvin had been mainly kept in solitary confinement for his protection.

This incident marks the second high-profile attack on a federal prisoner in the last five months. In July, former sports doctor Larry Nassar was stabbed by another inmate at a federal penitentiary in Florida. The stabbing also raises concerns about the federal Bureau of Prisons’ ability to ensure the safety of high-profile prisoners, following previous incidents such as Jeffrey Epstein’s jail suicide in 2019. The Bureau of Prisons has faced increased scrutiny in recent years, with reports of sexual abuse, criminal conduct by staff, escapes, violence, deaths, and severe staffing shortages. The agency has been under pressure to address these issues and improve transparency.


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