Former Officer Chauvin Hospitalized After Prison Attack in Tucson

Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who was jailed for the murder of George Floyd, has been reportedly attacked in prison. Here’s the whole story. 

Jailhouse Attack

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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, was reportedly stabbed by another inmate and seriously injured at a federal prison in Arizona. 

Accident Waiting To Happen

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The incident occurred at the Federal Correctional Institution, Tucson, a medium-security prison with known security lapses and staffing shortages. 

Assault Confirmed

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According to anonymous sources, the attack took place on Friday, prompting a response from the Bureau of Prisons. The agency confirmed that an incarcerated person was assaulted at FCI Tucson around 12.30 pm local time.

No Staff Hurt 

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The victim was swiftly taken to a hospital for treatment and evaluation, with the Bureau of Prisons emphasizing that no staff members were injured during the incident. 

Visiting Suspended

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The FBI was notified, and visiting the facility, housing approximately 380 inmates has been temporarily suspended.

No Comment

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Chauvin’s lawyers and the FBI have yet to comment on the situation.

Second Attack in as Many Months

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This incident marks the second high-profile attack on a federal prisoner in the past five months. 

Previous Assault

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The Bureau of Prisons previously reported a stabbing involving disgraced sports Dr. Larry Nassar in a federal penitentiary in Florida. 

Attempted Shooting

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The Tucson federal prison has faced challenges, with a notable incident in November 2022 when an inmate attempted to shoot a visitor. Fortunately, the weapon misfired, and no injuries occurred. 

Twenty Year Murder Charge

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Derek Chauvin, 47, was transferred to FCI Tucson in August 2022 from a maximum-security Minnesota state prison. He is serving concurrent sentences of 21 years for violating George Floyd’s civil rights and 22½ years for second-degree murder. 

Concerns for Safety

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Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, had advocated for keeping him out of the general prison population, citing concerns about his safety. 

Solitary Confinement

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In Minnesota, Chauvin had spent most of his time in solitary confinement for his protection. Last week, the US Supreme Court rejected Chauvin’s appeal against his murder conviction. 

New Evidence

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Despite the conviction, Chauvin is seeking to overturn his federal guilty plea, claiming new evidence that he did not cause Floyd’s death. 

Nine and a Half Minutes

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Floyd, a black man, died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9½ minutes. 

Worldwide Protests

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The incident, captured on bystander video, ignited global protests against police brutality and racism. 

Complex Challenges

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Chauvin’s prison stabbing brings attention to the challenges and risks faced by high-profile inmates.

As legal proceedings continue, the incident highlights the complex circumstances surrounding Chauvin’s incarceration and the broader impact of Floyd’s tragic death on the ongoing conversation about police conduct and racial justice.

Two Wrongs

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The news has led to much discussion online, not all of it sympathetic to Chauvin.

One commenter claimed parity between the murder of George Floyd and the attack on Chauvin when they posted, “Putting him in a prison with known security lapses was about the same as kneeling on his neck for nine minutes.”

Stop Resisting

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However, the majority of comments online were against Chauvin. Some even joked about the news of the attack, with one such comment reading, “We knew this was going to happen sooner or later. He shouldn’t have resisted the other inmate!”

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