Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General (File photo)
I am sad to learn that Derek Chauvin was the target of violence. He was duly convicted of his crimes and, like any incarcerated individual, should be able to serve his sentence without fear of reprisal or violence, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement.
The Bureau of Prisons said no employees at the Tucson facility were injured in the attack and that the FBI had been informed. The facility has approximately 380 inmates.
Terrence Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, told the AP on Saturday that he would not wish what happened to Chauvin on anyone and that #x27;he was stunned when he first heard the news.
I'm not going to devote my energy to anything that happens within these four walls – because my energy has been devoted to bringing it within these four walls. Whatever happens within these four walls, I don't really have any feelings about it.
A quote from Terrence Floyd, the brother of George Floyd
Chauvin's stabbing is the second high-profile attack on a federal prisoner in the past five months. In July, disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar was stabbed by a fellow inmate at a Florida federal penitentiary.
Chauvin, 47, was sent to Tucson Penitentiary from a maximum security state prison in Minnesota in August 2022 to concurrently serve a 21-year federal sentence for violating Mr. Floyd's civil rights and a 22-year state sentence years and a half for second degree murder.
The death of George Floyd relaunched the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States And in the world. (File photo)
Chauvin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, had argued to keep him away from the general population and other inmates, anticipating that he would become a target. In Minnesota, Chauvin was kept primarily in solitary confinement largely for his own protection, Mr. Nelson wrote in court papers last year.
Last week, the United States Supreme Court rejected Chauvin's appeal of his murder conviction. Separately, Chauvin is seeking to overturn his federal guilty plea, saying new evidence shows he did not cause Floyd's death.
George Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for nine and a half minutes on the street outside a convenience store where Mr. Floyd was suspected of #x27;attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.