USA: Police officer convicted of George Floyd murder stabbed in prison

Derek Chauvin, the police officer convicted of the 2020 murder of George Floyd, was stabbed on Friday night in the prison in Tucson, Arizona, where he is serving his sentence. According to the New York Times, the 25-year-old was taken – still alive – to a hospital near the detention center.

Former U.S. police officer Dereck Chauvin, in April 2021, for the verdict of his trial after the death of George Floyd in 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AP

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The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports very little on the situation. For example, he confirmed that a detainee had been stabbed, but did not specify his identity.

What is known so far is that no one else was injured, that the situation was quickly brought under control. Prison employees were able to perform first aid. Derek Chauvin is believed to have survived the attack and is hospitalized.

His lawyer has not yet responded, but he is known to have often asked for his client to be removed from other detainees because he feared he would be targeted.

In the meantime, visits have been suspended at this federal prison in Arizona. It is an establishment with an average level of supervision. Derek Chauvin was transferred there in August 2022 after beginning his sentence in a high-security facility.

The officer was serving two concurrent sentences: 21 years for violating George Floyd's civil rights, and 22 years and six months for killing him during his arrest.

The video of the 46-year-old black man in handcuffs, suffocating on the ground under the weight of the white police officer, sparked the largest protests of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. That was in 2020.

Read alsoThe police officer who killed George Floyd sentenced to 21 years in prison by the federal court

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