Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, was stabbed in a federal prison Friday afternoon, according to the Associated Press.
Citing a source familiar with the matter, the AP said Chauvin was stabbed by another inmate and seriously injured at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Ariz., where he is serving concurrently his 22½-year state sentence and 21-year federal sentence on civil rights charges.
In a press release, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons confirmed that an inmate was “assaulted” at approximately 12:30 p.m. local time but did not name Chauvin.
“No employees were injured during the incident. Responding employees initiated life-saving measures for one incarcerated individual. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were requested while life-saving efforts continued. The incarcerated individual was transported by EMS to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation,” the press release said. As of Friday night, visiting at the prison had been suspended.
A New York Times report cited a source who said Chauvin survived the attack.
The stabbing comes a week after the release of the Alpha News documentary “The Fall of Minneapolis,” in which Chauvin described his trial and sentencing as “a sham.”
Chauvin was convicted of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in April 2021. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal on Monday.
“Violence is barbaric and tragic, and should never be cause for celebration. Derek Chauvin’s conduct on May 25, 2020, was unequivocally criminal and resulted in death,” Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara said in a statement. “Today’s news is cause for quiet reflection while the world continues to process the trauma of George Floyd’s murder. It is clear to me that this still reverberates with the people of Minneapolis and with their police.”
This is a developing story.