25th November 2023 – (Washington) Local media, citing sources, reported on Friday that Derek Chauvin, the U.S. police officer convicted for the murder of George Floyd in 2020, was stabbed in a federal prison. According to individuals familiar with the matter, Chauvin survived the attack.
The incident occurred at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Tucson, a medium-security prison located in Arizona. The person who provided this information requested anonymity as they were not authorized to publicly discuss the details of the attack.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that an inmate was assaulted at FCI Tucson around 12:30 p.m. local time on Friday (1930 GMT). Responding employees contained the situation and administered life-saving measures to the injured inmate, as stated in a local statement.
Chauvin, who was serving a 22-and-a-half-year sentence for the brutal act of kneeling on George Floyd’s neck that resulted in his death, was transferred to FCI Tucson from a maximum-security prison in Minnesota in August 2022.
The incident on May 25, 2020, was captured on video by bystanders and sparked widespread protests globally against police brutality and racism. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes while Floyd pleaded for his life, saying, “I can’t breathe.” Medical personnel later pronounced Floyd dead.
In addition to the state conviction, Chauvin was also serving a 21-year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights.
The news of Chauvin’s stabbing comes amidst ongoing discussions about police misconduct and the need for criminal justice reforms. While the incident involving Chauvin was of significant public interest, there have been other cases that have raised concerns about excessive use of force by law enforcement.
One such case involved Amir Locke, a 22-year-old who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police during the execution of a “no-knock” search warrant in February 2022. Body camera footage showed Locke holding a gun, which he legally possessed, as he was awakened and emerged from a couch. Locke was not a suspect in the crime for which the warrant was issued, but no charges were filed against the officer responsible for his death.
Furthermore, thousands of Americans gathered at the National Mall on 26th August to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, a landmark event in the U.S. civil rights movement. Yolanda Renee King, the 15-year-old granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., addressed the crowd and expressed the ongoing need to combat racism, poverty, and bigotry.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Chauvin’s appeal of his state court murder conviction. Chauvin had filed the appeal after a Minnesota appellate court upheld his murder conviction in 2021 and rejected his request for a new trial.