Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, convicted of killing African-American George Floyd, was attacked with a knife by another inmate and seriously injured in a prison in Arizona, a person familiar with the incident told AP.
The attack took place on Friday at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, a medium-security prison with a history of security lapses and understaffing, a source told the agency on condition of anonymity. Authorities confirmed that one of the inmates in Tucson was attacked with a knife on Friday around 12:30 p.m.
local time. The Office for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions stated in a statement that the employees brought the situation under control and took all necessary measures before the prisoner, whose name was not given, was taken to the hospital.
No employees were injured and the FBI was notified.
There are more and more such cases in the USA
Visits to the facility where about 380 prisoners are serving their sentences have also been suspended. The attack on Chauvin is the second such incident in US federal prisons in the last five months and the second major incident at the Tucson federal prison in a little more than a year, according to the AP.
Chauvin, 47, was sent to Tucson in August 2022 from a maximum-security prison in Minnesota to serve a concurrent 21-year sentence for violating Floyd's civil rights and 22 years and six months for second-degree murder. Chauvin spent most of his time in solitary confinement in Minnesota "for his own safety," his attorney wrote in court documents last year.
Last week, the US Supreme Court rejected Chauvin's appeal of the murder conviction. Floyd, who was African-American, died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes on the street outside a store where Floyd was suspected of trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill.
Floyd's arrest was filmed by a bystander, and his death sparked protests across the US and the world, some of which turned violent. This case will remain deeply etched in American culture.