Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer convicted for the death of George Floyd, was reportedly seriously injured after being stabbed at a federal prison in Arizona.
The Associated Press first reported the incident.
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🚨Just in: Derek Chauvin was seriously injured after being stabbed in a knife attack by another inmate at a federal prison in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/Av8snVMe4v
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🚨#BREAKING: Former police officer Derek Chauvin, convicted of killing George Floyd, has reportedly sustained serious injuries in a knife attack in federal prison in Arizona.
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“The attack happened at the Federal Correctional Institution, Tucson, a medium-security prison that has been plagued by security lapses and staffing shortages,” AP reports.
“The person was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the attack and spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity,” the outlet added.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the former police officer’s appeal of the George Floyd murder conviction.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of his conviction for the murder of George Floyd during a 2020 arrest, which sparked widespread protests against police brutality and racism.
The justices turned away Chauvin’s appeal that he filed after a Minnesota appellate court upheld his 2021 murder conviction and rejected his request for a new trial. Chauvin had argued that jury bias and certain rulings by the presiding judge deprived him of his right to a fair trial under the U.S. Constitution’s Sixth Amendment.
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More from AP on the reported stabbing attack:
The Bureau of Prisons confirmed that an incarcerated person was assaulted at FCI Tucson at around 12:30 p.m. local time Friday. In a statement, the agency said responding employees contained the incident and performed “life-saving measures” before the inmate, who it did not name, was taken to a hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
No employees were injured and the FBI was notified, the Bureau of Prisons said. Visiting at the facility, which has about 380 inmates, has been suspended.
Messages seeking comment were left with Chauvin’s lawyers and the FBI.
Chauvin’s stabbing is the second high-profile attack on a federal prisoner in the last five months. In July, disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar was stabbed by a fellow inmate at a federal penitentiary in Florida.
It is also the second major incident at the Tucson federal prison in a little over a year. In November 2022, an inmate at the facility’s low-security prison camp pulled out a gun and attempted to shoot a visitor in the head. The weapon, which the inmate shouldn’t have had, misfired and no one was hurt.
Chauvin, 47, was sent to FCI Tucson from a maximum-security Minnesota state prison in August 2022 to simultaneously serve a 21-year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights and a 22½-year state sentence for second-degree murder.
This story is developing.