Derek Chauvin back in prison after hospital stay for stabbing – family ‘very concerned’ about his fate

Former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin returned to prison amid lingering concerns regarding “facility’s capacity to protect Derek from further harm.”

Little more than a week after an attempt on his life left him hospitalized with a reported 22 stab wounds from an “improvised knife,” Chauvin’s family confirmed through his civil attorney that he had been discharged from the medical facility. Attorney Gregory M. Erickson spoke with the Minnesota Star Tribune and detailed their skepticism over his safety under the care of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

“His family is 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.”

“We will continue to try to ascertain what additional measures are being made to protect Derek and will pursue any avenues under the law to ensure his continued safety,” the attorney’s statement indicated.

As previously reported, Chauvin, the officer held responsible for the May 2020 death of George Floyd in police custody used to justify a summer of “mostly peaceful protests” and riots, had been stabbed by fellow inmate John Turscak, more than 20 times on Nov. 24.

It was later disclosed that Turscak had been an FBI informant.

A DOJ press release stated, “The complaint alleges that while incarcerated at Federal Correctional Institution Tucson, Turscak stabbed another inmate, D.C., who had previously been convicted of federal crimes in another district, approximately 22 times with an improvised knife,” and detailed that the attempted murder and assault charges brought against the suspect could tack decades onto the 52-year-old’s sentence if he were found guilty.

According to the complaint, the alleged attacker had selected Black Friday because it “was symbolic with the Black Lives Matter movement and the ‘Black Hand’ symbol associated with the Mexican Mafia criminal organizations.”

“Derek’s family did receive confirmation from Derek himself that the facts contained in the charging document are accurate; the attack was made in the law library, where the perpetrator attacked Derek from behind with an improvised knife,” Erickson further detailed in his statement.

“It remains a mystery how the perpetrator was able to obtain and possess dangerous materials [that were able to be formed into an improvised knife], and how a guard was unable to reach and apprehend the perpetrator until Derek had been stabbed 22 times,” the attorney remarked. “Why was Derek allowed into the law library without a guard in close enough proximity to stop a possible attack? His family continues to wonder.”

When asked to comment, Bureau of Prisons spokesman Benjamin O’Cone directed the Tribune to the agency’s policy of not commenting on “the conditions of confinement for any incarcerated individual. Nor do we comment on matters related to investigations or discuss specific security practices.”

Chauvin is currently serving simultaneous sentences of 21- and 22 1/2-years after being convicted of violating Floyd’s civil rights and for second-degree murder.

Kevin Haggerty


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