Derek Chauvin, the onetime Minneapolis police officer convicted in 2021 of murdering George Floyd, has been stabbed in prison and is seriously injured, according to multiple reports. Chauvin was reportedly stabbed by another inmate.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons would not identify the victim, but it did confirm to the AP that an inmate was stabbed at 12:30 p.m. at the Federal Correctional Institution, Tucson, which is the medium-security prison where Chauvin is housed. EMTs on site “initiated lifesaving measures,” according to the New York Times, before transferring the victim to the hospital.
The 2020 murder of George Floyd by 19-year MPD veteran Chauvin occurred as three other officers looked on and Floyd exclaimed he couldn’t breathe. Despite that, Chauvin pressed his knee on the man’s neck for almost 10 minutes. The incident and video of it sparked a wave of protests across the country.
Chauvin was later convicted and sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.
On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected Chauvin’s appeal of his conviction.