• Mon. May 20th, 2024

Former officer Derek Chauvin stabbed in Arizona prison, Minnesota AG says

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listens to his mother Carolyn Pawlenty deliver a statement to the judge as he awaits his sentencing for murder in the death of George Floyd during a sentencing hearing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. June 25, 2021 in a still image from video. Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, was stabbed by another inmate in an Arizona prison, according to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

Ellison said in a statement on Wednesday that he was notified by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that Chauvin was assaulted on November 21 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix, where he is serving a 22-and-a-half-year sentence.

Ellison said he was told that Chauvin suffered “superficial wounds” and was treated at the prison’s medical facility. He said he did not have any further details about the incident or the identity of the assailant.

“I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms,” Ellison said. “No one in our criminal justice system should fear for their safety or their life. No matter the severity of the crime or the strength of the evidence, everyone who is tried in America’s courts deserves to receive a fair trial. Anyone who commits a crime against someone in our criminal justice system must be held accountable under the law.”

Ellison said he contacted the BOP to express his concern and to request a full investigation into the stabbing. He also said he reached out to Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, to offer his assistance and support.

Nelson did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Chauvin was transferred to the Arizona prison in October as part of a routine agreement between states to house inmates for security reasons. He was previously held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, where he was placed in a segregated housing unit for his own safety.

Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest in May 2020. Floyd’s death sparked global protests against police brutality and racial injustice.


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