Derek Chauvin‘s loved ones don’t know exactly what led to his stabbing in prison and his current condition – and they’re furious about it… or so his lawyer says.
Lawyer Gregory M. Erickson — who represents Chauvin — tells TMZ that the guy’s immediate family still knows absolutely nothing about Chauvin’s stabbing… including how it happened and who did it.
Erickson says he spoke to one of Chauvin’s relatives on Monday… and tells us a prison official contacted Chauvin’s father to confirm he was in stable condition – but no further details were available. been provided, which frustrates the family.
Obviously, the media covered the whole story…and the family had to get their updates from news reports, which Erickson says is unfair and cruel.
He tells us he’s pointing the finger directly at the federal facility in Tucson, Arizona — where Chauvin is currently being held — for its slowness in updating his loved ones… and for its lack of transparency in general.
Not only that… but Erickson says the prison should have stopped these stabbings from happening in the first place — noting that Chauvin is the highest-profile person in custody since, arguably, OJ Simpson …and that any other inmate approaching him should have been kept at a distance – or even searched completely to ensure weapons stayed away.
From Friday stabbed …Gregory adds that he tried to contact prison officials eight times, to no avail. As for next steps, Erickson says he and his family will evaluate their legal options if they don’t get more answers soon…but it’s unclear exactly what that might be.
A representative from the Bureau of Prisons declined to discuss Chauvin’s situation due to privacy/safety/security concerns. But, they pointed out to us… “we can inform you generally that the Federal Bureau of Prisons takes seriously our duty to protect individuals entrusted to our custody, as well as to maintain the safety of correctional employees and the community”.
Chauvin is serving a lengthy prison sentence of more than 22 years after being convicted of murder. George Floyd.
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