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Derek Chauvin expected to survive stabbing in prison: officials

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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd, is expected to survive a stabbing in prison, the Minnesota attorney general’s office announced Saturday.

Chauvin was stabbed Friday at a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, the Associated Press first reported. He was seriously injured in the stabbing attack, the AP said.

A spokesperson for the Minnesota attorney general’s office said Chauvin is expected to survive after the attack, NBC News reported.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) confirmed that a person was assaulted at the Tucson prison around 12:30 p.m. and taken to medical facilities. The BOP has not released the identity of the victim.

Attorney Gregory Erickson, who represented Chauvin in a civil case, said neither he nor members of Chauvin’s family were informed of his condition.

“As an outsider, I view this lack of communication with his attorneys and family members as completely outrageous,” Erickson said in a statement. “This appears to indicate a poorly managed facility and is indicative of how Derek’s assault could have occurred.”

“Although Derek’s family assumes he is stable due to a third-party report (and not direct contact), they understandably have doubts due to the lack of transparency that has permeated this ordeal” , he continued.

The AP reported that the Tuscon facility was known for its security lapses and staffing problems.

Chauvin was assigned to the prison in August 2022 to concurrently serve 21-year sentences for violating Floyd’s civil rights and for second-degree murder.

Floyd’s killing in May 2020 sparked mass protests and awareness of police treatment of Black people.

The Supreme Court last week rejected an appeal of Chauvin’s murder conviction.

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