Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, serving a 22-year sentence for the murder of George Floyd, was reportedly stabbed in a federal prison in Arizona on Friday.
The incident occurred at the Federal Correctional Institution, Tucson, a medium-security facility housing approximately 380 inmates. According to an anonymous source familiar with the matter, Chauvin was attacked by another inmate at around 12:30 p.m. local time.
Prison officials responded promptly to the incident and contained the situation. Emergency medical technicians administered life-saving measures before transporting Chauvin to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
The Bureau of Prisons confirmed the stabbing in a statement but did not identify Chauvin by name. The agency stated that the incident is under investigation and that no further details would be released at this time.
Chauvin’s stabbing has sparked concerns about the safety and security of federal prisons. The Federal Correctional Institution, Tucson, has a history of security lapses and staffing shortages. In 2019, the facility was the subject of a scathing report by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, which found that the prison was plagued by violence, corruption, and inadequate staffing.
The attack on Chauvin is the second high-profile stabbing of a federal prisoner in recent months. In July, Jose Martinez, a member of the notorious Aryan Brotherhood gang, was stabbed to death at a federal prison in California.
The incidents raise serious questions about the ability of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to protect its inmates. The agency has been plagued by staffing shortages and budget cuts in recent years, which have made it difficult to maintain adequate security at its facilities.
Chauvin’s stabbing is a reminder of the dangers of prison life and the need for comprehensive reforms to the federal prison system. The Bureau of Prisons must take immediate action to address the security and staffing issues at its facilities and ensure the safety of all inmates.