UPDATE: ABC News reports that Chauvin is "in 'stable' condition and is expected to survive."
Original story follows:
A source familiar with the situation informed the Associated Press that Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer currently serving jail time in connection with the death of George Floyd, was stabbed and seriously injured by another inmate on Friday at a federal prison in Arizona.
The assault occurred at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, a medium-security prison facing challenges due security lapses and staff shortages. The person providing this information spoke anonymously to the AP, as they were not authorized to publicly disclose details of the incident.
The Bureau of Prisons verified that an incarcerated individual was assaulted at FCI Tucson around 12:30 p.m. local time on Friday. According to the agency's statement, responding staff contained the situation and administered "life-saving measures" before the unnamed inmate was transported to a hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
Chauvin recently characterized his trial process as a "sham" as he made his first comments to the media since Floyd's death as part of a new documentary called The Fall of Minneapolis.
Chauvin asserted that he applied a restraint technique on Floyd as instructed by the police department. In the documentary, he and fellow officers contend that Chauvin's knee was positioned on Floyd's shoulder blade.
Chauvin was accused of murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis during an arrest on May 25, 2020. Floyd's death was immediately characterized as a murder in the court of public opinion, and it set off months of rioting across the United States.
He was sentenced to 252 months in prison, with credit for time served. He pleaded guilty in federal court in December 2021 to "willfully depriving Mr. Floyd of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer, resulting in Mr. Floyd’s bodily injury and death. In the plea documents, Chauvin agreed that the sentencing for this crime should be based on the sentence for second-degree murder because he acted willfully and in callous and wanton disregard of the consequences to Mr. Floyd’s life," per the Department of Justice.
"The plea agreement stated that Mr. Floyd remained restrained, prone and handcuffed on the ground for approximately 10 minutes. Chauvin further admitted that he continued to use force even though he was aware that Mr. Floyd had stopped resisting, talking and moving, and even though he was aware that Mr. Floyd had lost consciousness and a pulse. Chauvin admitted that Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) policy and training requires officers to stop using force when a subject is not resisting and to move an arrestee from the prone position into a side recovery or seated position because the prone position may make it more difficult to breathe. Chauvin admitted that his willful use of unreasonable force resulted in Mr. Floyd’s bodily injury and death because his actions impaired Mr. Floyd’s ability to obtain and maintain sufficient oxygen to sustain Mr. Floyd’s life," the DOJ said in a release at the time of sentencing.
An autopsy revealed that Floyd, who had been accused of trying to pass a counterfeit bill by a cashier who called police to the scene, had excessive amount of drugs in his system. In testimony that came out of another case, a staffer stated that there had been pressure to ensure Chauvin was convicted due to the fact that the case had gained national attention. That attention resulted in "defund the police" movements nationwide.
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