A fellow inmate stabbed disgraced former police officer Derek Chauvin more than 20 times with a knife, U.S. prosecutors said Friday as they announced the attempted murder charge.
Chauvin, whose killing of George Floyd in Minnesota in 2020 sparked massive racial justice protests, was attacked in the law library of an Arizona prison last month.
Chauvin was sentenced to more than two decades in prison after being convicted of murdering the 46-year-old Black man on whose neck he knelt for nine minutes.
Suspect John Turscak, 52, told investigators that the date of his attack — Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving — was intended to call out the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the criminal complaint.
“Turscak told correctional officers that he would have killed (Chauvin) if they had not responded so quickly,” the complaint states.
The U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Tucson said it has charged Turscak with attempted murder, assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with great bodily harm.
“Turscak stabbed another inmate, DC, who had previously been convicted of federal crimes in another county, approximately 22 times with an improvised knife,” a statement said.
While neither the statement nor the complaint mentions Chauvin’s full name, an official source confirmed to AFP that it was the former Minneapolis police officer.
Attempted murder carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
There was no further information on Chauvin’s condition.
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in 2021 and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.
The incident was captured on video – which presents a completely different version of what happened than the initial police press release, which simply stated: “Officers were able to handcuff the suspect and noted that he appeared to be suffering from medical issues.”
A Justice Department investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, the results of which were released in June 2023, found that department officers routinely resorted to violent and racist practices, “including unwarranted deadly force.”
The Midwestern city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, also settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Floyd family and agreed to pay his relatives $27 million.
Chauvin unsuccessfully appealed his second-degree murder conviction.
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