(RightWing.org) – Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who’s currently incarcerated for his role in the 2020 death of George Floyd, has been stabbed by a fellow prisoner — and now the FBI has launched an investigation into the attack. The 47-year-old US Army veteran was seriously injured but is expected to survive. It’s not clear if the assault was linked to Floyd’s death.
In July 2023, a federal court sentenced Chauvin to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of Floyd, an intoxicated habitual criminal who died while resisting arrest. He has also been sentenced to another 21 years on state charges, running concurrently. Since his imprisonment, he’s been fighting the charges, arguing that he wouldn’t have agreed to a plea deal on the murder charges if he’d known a tumor could have contributed to Floyd’s death. On November 20, the US Supreme Court turned down his appeal, leaving Chauvin in the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Tucson, Arizona.
Around 12:30 pm on November 24, another inmate at the prison attacked Chauvin with a sharp implement, seriously injuring him. His lawyer, Gregory Erickson, criticized the prison for failing to update his family on his condition but said a “third-party report” had told them he was likely to survive.
On November 28, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that the FBI had launched an investigation into the attack. It’s difficult to see how it could have been allowed to happen; even Minnesota’s far-left attorney general Keith Ellison (D), who upgraded the charges against Chauvin to second-degree murder, asked, “Why was he put in a position where this could happen?”
The answers to that question probably lie inside FCI Tucson. Chauvin’s stabbing is the second serious incident at the medium-security prison in a little over a year. In November 2022 an inmate managed to get hold of a handgun, then drew it in the visitation area and tried to shoot a visitor. If inmates can get their hands on deadly weapons inside a federal prison, something has gone badly wrong.
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