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Derek Chauvin expected to survive stabbing attack in prison, officials say | George Floyd

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Minneapolis’ police chief provided an update on the attack on a former officer convicted of killing George Floyd.

Sun November 26, 2023 10:42 AM EST

The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing George Floyd and stabbed in prison by a fellow inmate on Friday is expected to survive the attack, officials told media outlets.

Updates on Derek Chauvin, the injured killer and former police officer, were provided to various media outlets – including the Associated Press and Minnesota news station KSTP – by Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’ Hara, as well as by a spokesperson for the state’s attorney. General Keith Ellison’s office Saturday.

O’Hara told KSTP that Chauvin was “in stable condition” based on what his agency’s “federal law enforcement partners” had reported to him. Meanwhile, Ellison spokesman Brian Evans said the attorney general’s office had “heard that (Chauvin) is expected to survive,” according to the AP.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which has custody of Chauvin, has said only that an unnamed person incarcerated at a Tucson jail was hospitalized after being attacked Friday afternoon. He did not provide details, citing security and privacy concerns.

Chauvin, 47, gained international notoriety after pressing a knee on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes outside a Minneapolis convenience store on May 25, 2020. Floyd – who is black – had been suspected of trying to transmit a counterfeit $20 bill at the store. , prompting a call to police that Chauvin – who is white – responded to.

A bystander’s video captured Floyd, 46, screaming “I can’t breathe” as Chauvin knelt on his neck, ultimately killing him. Floyd’s death sparked street protests around the world against police brutality and racism.

Minnesota jurors later convicted Chauvin of a second-degree murder charge, for which he was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison. He was also ordered to concurrently serve a 21-year sentence for violating Floyd’s federal civil rights.

Chauvin was serving his sentence at a federal prison in Tucson when another person incarcerated there stabbed him and left him seriously injured around 12:30 p.m. local time Friday, as first reported by The Associated Press.

Prison staff performed “life-saving measures” on Chauvin before he was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to AP reporting.

Understaffing and security lapses plagued the Tucson jail where Chauvin was stabbed. It was the second high-profile killing of a federal prisoner since July, when Dr. Larry Nassar, a convicted serial sex offender, was stabbed by a fellow inmate at a Florida penitentiary.

Meanwhile, in November of last year, an inmate held in another part of the Tucson jail pulled out a gun and tried to shoot a visitor in the head. No one was injured after the gun, which the inmate should not have been able to obtain, misfired.

Chauvin’s lawyers had pushed to keep him away from the general population at the Tucson prison, arguing he would be a target for violence.

Chauvin’s lawyer, Gregory Erickson, complained to the AP on Saturday that federal prison officials had not been transparent about the previous day’s stabbing, forcing his client’s family to rely on information accounts for updates.

“I consider this lack of communication … to be completely outrageous,” Erickson said in a statement to the AP. “This appears to indicate a poorly managed facility and is indicative of how Derek’s assault could have occurred.”

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