Derek Chauvin released from hospital, returned to same prison where inmate stabbed him 22 times

Chavin’s family members are grateful for his recovery but remain "very concerned about the facility's capacity to protect Derek from further harm."

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is serving a 21-year sentence in connection with the 2020 death of George Floyd, has been released from the hospital and is back in the same prison where he was stabbed 22 times.

Gregory Erickson, an attorney for Chauvin, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that his 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."

Chavuin’s family members are grateful for his recovery, but remain "very concerned about the facility's capacity to protect Derek from further harm," Erickson said. "They remain unassured that any changes have been made to the faulty procedures that allowed Derek's attack to occur in the first place."

On Black Friday, Chauvin was stabbed 22 times by a fellow inmate in the law library at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona. 52-year-old John Turscak was charged with attempted murder on Friday in connection with the attack.

Prosecutors said that Turscak used an improvised knife and he allegedly told authorities he would have killed Chauvin had they not intervened.

Turscak reportedly disclosed to FBI agents that he had been considering attacking Chauvin for a month, and said that he planned to attack Chauvin on Black Friday as a symbolic nod to the Black Lives Matter movement and the "Black Hand" emblem affiliated with the Mexican Mafia gang.

Turscak was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2001 after pleading guilty to racketeering and conspiring to kill a rival in the prison-based gang. He was a member of the Mexican Mafia gang, and became an FBI informant in 1997, helping authorities arrest more than 40 members of the gang.

Chavin was moved to the federal prison in August 2022 from a Minnesota state prison for his own protection.

Chauvin was accused of killing George Floyd in 2020, sparking months of violent riots across the country that caused billions of dollars in destruction. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, and pleaded guilty to "willfully depriving Mr. Floyd of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer," in December 2021. 

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