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An inmate is indicted for stabbing Derek Chauvin 22 times

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Former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd in April 2021.

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An inmate has been charged with attempted homicide for stabbing Derek Chauvin 22 times last week, the police officer who killed African-American George Floyd, in a federal prison, prosecutors announced on Friday.

The death of George Floyd, in May 2020 during his arrest, had caused great anti-racist movement in the United States and beyond American borders.

Derek Chauvin, a white police officer and then a veteran Minneapolis law enforcement officer, remained kneeling for nearly ten minutes on George Floyd's neck, aged 46, and remained indifferent to the interventions of shocked passers-by and the groans of the forty-year-old.

Serving a sentence of 22 and a half years in prison, Mr. Chauvin, 47, was attacked on November 24, 2023 in a library at a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona. He survived his injuries.

One ​​of his fellow inmates, John Turscak, 52, is accused of stabbing him more than 20 times using a homemade knife, according to a court document.

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The man told investigators that he knowingly chose the date of the attack, Black Friday day famous for its commercial discounts, in reference to the anti-racist movement Black Lives Matter, again according to the same source.

Mr. Turscak told prison officers that he allegedly killed [Mr. Chauvin] if they had not reacted so quickly, the document continues.

The federal prosecutors' office in Tucson said it had charged Mr. Turscack with several counts, including attempted homicide, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and assault causing serious injury. The man is also accused of stabbing another inmate more than 20 times, again with a knife.

Although no press release or complaint gives the full name of Mr. Chauvin, an official source confirmed to AFP that the victim was indeed the former Minneapolis police officer.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">No information has been released on his current state of health.

The death of George Floyd sparked huge demonstrations against racism and police violence.

According to the scene of the homicide filmed and posted online, Derek Chauvin had kept his knee on the neck of George Floyd, even once the black forty-year-old had passed out and his pulse had become undetectable. Two other police officers helped hold him down.

He was convicted of murder by the Minnesota state courts in #x27;resulting from a closely watched trial in 2021.

The United States Supreme Court in November rejected the appeal of Derek Chauvin against this conviction.

The former police officer requested the annulment of the sentence, on the grounds that the extreme media coverage of the case and the risk of riots had deprived him of a fair trial.

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