Alpha News reporter Liz Collin joined “Jesse Watters Primetime” Friday night to discuss the new details that were revealed in a criminal complaint filed against the man who stabbed former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in prison.
John Turscak, 52, was charged Friday with attempted murder, assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
The complaint states Chauvin was in the federal prison’s law library around 12:30 p.m. local time Nov. 24 when another inmate, Turscak, attacked Chauvin with an improvised knife, stabbing him 22 times. The attack took place at the Federal Correctional Institution-Tucson, where Chauvin is serving concurrently his 22½-year state murder sentence and 21-year federal sentence on civil rights charges in connection to the death of George Floyd.
According to the complaint, Turscak said his Black Friday attack on Chauvin was “symbolic with the Black Lives Matter movement and the ‘Black Hand’ symbol associated with the Mexican Mafia criminal organization.”
“After getting a call from Derek and hearing how it happened and how there was no one around and that Derek tried to fight him off, but at every turn he would get stabbed again and what this guy did, I’m wondering how something like this could even happen. Where were the guards?” Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, told Alpha News on Friday.
“I’m in a state of shock that it happened. How safe is he now? Where are they going to put him where he is ever going to be safe again? I will not ever give up on getting the truth out. I am outraged, angry and shocked,” she added. “Thank God he’s alive.”
Host Jesse Watters introduced the segment with Collin by saying:
“Last Friday, Derek Chauvin was shivved 22 times in the library by another inmate, and now we know who the other inmate was. His name is John Turscak. He’s 52 and he’s already served 27 years of his 30-year sentence, and with three years left until freedom, apparently decided, ‘I’m going to murder somebody.’ Turscak is also a member of the Mexican Mafia and — are you ready? — an FBI informant.”
Chauvin was stabbed nine days after Alpha News released “The Fall of Minneapolis,” which has now been viewed more than four million times across platforms. In the film, Chauvin spoke out for the first time, referring to his trial and sentencing as “a sham.”
Derek Chauvin was stabbed 22 times by a former FBI informant and Mexican Mafia member, who says he did it in solidarity with BLM. His race is listed as white in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The journalist who spoke with Chauvin and produced "The Fall of Minneapolis", Liz… pic.twitter.com/FshZ6NhRRt
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