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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