Minnesota AG Issues Statement After Derek Chauvin Is Stabbed in Prison

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Minnesota AG Issues Statement After Derek Chauvin Is Stabbed in Prison

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the murder of George Floyd, was seriously injured in a stabbing incident at a federal prison on Friday, as reported by The Associated Press.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that no other inmates or staff were harmed during this incident.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, addressed the situation through his spokeman, Brian Evans.

“I am sad to hear that Derek Chauvin was the target of violence,” Evans said in a statement to The Washington Post. “He was duly convicted of his crimes and, like any incarcerated individual, he should be able to serve his sentence without fear of retaliation or violence.”

The assault on Chauvin took place at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona, around 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Following the attack, prison employees intervened, breaking up the assault and providing lifesaving care to Chauvin. The FBI was subsequently notified of the incident. Although the Bureau of Prisons confirmed an incident at the prison, they did not explicitly confirm that Chauvin was the victim. The Bureau of Prisons has not yet identified Chauvin’s assailant.

This stabbing marks the second significant incident at this prison within a year. Previously, in November 2022, an inmate at the prison’s low-security camp attempted to shoot a visitor in the head, but the weapon misfired.

Chauvin became a household name in the aftermath of the death of the criminal George Floyd. During an arrest of Floyd, Chauvin was captured in a widely shared video kneeling on the arrestees neck shortly before his death. In 2021,

Chauvin was convicted of murder, leading to his current incarceration. However, skeptics have disputed this ruling, arguing that Floyd’s death was attributable to a lethal overdose of fentanyl, citing the high levels of fentanyl in Floyd’s system as well as commonalities between the symptoms of an overdose and Floyd’s condition on video.