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Derek Chauvin’s Return to Prison Amidst Stabbing Incident Raises Concerns Over Safety and Prison Protocols

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been returned to prison custody after showing signs of improved medical condition following a recent stabbing incident in an Arizona prison, as confirmed by his attorney.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Chauvin’s lawyer, Gregory M. Erickson, stated, “Derek’s family confirmed that his medical condition has improved to the extent that he has been removed from the trauma care facility at a local Tucson hospital and returned to prison custody for his follow-up care.”

Despite this positive development, Chauvin’s family remains concerned about the prison’s ability to protect him from potential harm and questions whether any corrective measures have been implemented to prevent a recurrence of the previous attack.

The incident occurred on November 24 when Chauvin, 47, was stabbed 22 times in the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson. Inmate John Tursack has been charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury to Chauvin. Court documents indicate that Tursack, 52, had planned the attack for months and used an improvised knife in the assault, as per CNN.

The stabbing took place in the law library of the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson around 12:30 p.m. local time, causing serious bodily injury to Chauvin, who is currently serving a 22-year sentence for the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin has acknowledged the accuracy of the facts outlined in the charging document related to the incident.

The criminal complaint reveals that Tursack claimed the attack was carried out on Black Friday as a symbolic gesture connected to the Black Lives Matter movement and the “Black Hand” symbol associated with the Mexican Mafia gang.

Despite initial concerns, Chauvin is expected to survive the attack, with statements from Minneapolis police chief Brian O’Hara and a spokesperson for state attorney general Keith Ellison’s office indicating that he is on the road to recovery.

In July 2022, Chauvin pleaded guilty to federal charges of violating the civil rights of George Floyd, leading to his death during an arrest on May 25, 2020. Subsequently, he was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter, receiving a sentence of more than 20 years in prison.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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