Update: According to a news report issued by People magazine, the inmate who attacked murderer Derek Chauvin stabbed him 22 times. he reportedly said he would have killed him if correctional officers had not intervened in time.
John Turscak has been charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
Chauvin is recovering in the hospital and is expected to survive.
Derek Chauvin, the former white Minneapolis police officer turned murderer, has been stabbed by a fellow inmate in federal prison, reports state. Chauvin is serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison after killing George Floyd by pressing his knee on his neck as he lay handcuffed with his hands behind his back on the concrete pavement for more than eight minutes. Floyd repeatedly told Chauvin, “I can’t breathe,” as he cried out for his mom.
Derek Chauvin Attacked in Federal Prison
The unnamed inmate attacked Chauvin at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tuscon, AZ, around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2023. The Associated Press reported Chauvin sustained serious injuries in the attack that required correctional officers to render “life-saving aid.” He was transported to a local hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The Bureau of Prisons confirmed the incident with the following statement:
“No employees were injured during the incident. Responding employees initiated life-saving measures for one incarcerated individual. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were requested while life-saving efforts continued.
The incarcerated individual was transported by EMS to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation,” the statement concluded.
Chauvin Appealed Sentences
The attack comes less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Chauvin’s appeal of the murder conviction. He is currently in the process of attempting to overturn his federal guilty plea under the claims new evidence shows he did not cause Floyd’s death.
The Murder of George Floyd
George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, allegedly attempted to use a fake $20 bill in a convenience store in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. The store owner called the police. Chauvin and three additional officers responded.
A dispute between Floyd and the officers occurred. That's when the officers pulled Floyd out of his vehicle and threw him onto the ground.
Tuo Thao held back the crowd of onlookers who stopped to witness the incident, or essentially, watch a police officer murder a man. He mocked Floyd as he cried out for his mom.
Thao was convicted of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to four years and nine months in prison. At his sentencing, Thao stated:
“Obviously, on that day, we didn’t intend on — I didn’t intend on doing any malice or anything like that, or try to hurt anyone. That was never my intent. I did the best I thought I could,” he said. “Obviously the outcome didn’t come out the way I wanted it, so I’ll leave it at that.”
Thomas Lane held Floyd’s legs as Chauvin kneeled on his neck while J. Alexander Kueng held his torso. Kueng received a 3 ½ year prison sentence and Lane 3 years.
Onlookers Attempted to Intervene
One of the onlookers in the crowd that day -an off-duty firefighter- attempted to intervene and render aid., although Thao prevented him Another onlooker recorded the incident with her cellphone, ultimately leading to public outrage, protests, and thankfully, the arrests and convictions of all officers involved.
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