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Former Officer Derek Chauvin Stabbed in Prison

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Prison Attack

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the murder of George Floyd, was stabbed and seriously injured by another inmate while in prison on Friday. The attack took place at a federal prison in Arizona, according to a report by the Associated Press. Chauvin, who is serving concurrent sentences of over 20 years on federal and state charges, was transported to a hospital after receiving "life-saving measures."

Conditions at the Prison

The attack occurred at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, a medium-security prison that has been plagued by security lapses and staffing shortages. The Bureau of Prisons confirmed the assault and stated that employees were able to contain the incident and provide immediate medical attention to Chauvin before he was taken to the hospital.

Chauvin's Legal Battle

Chauvin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, had expressed concerns about his client's safety and advocated for him to be kept out of general population. In Minnesota, Chauvin had been mainly kept in solitary confinement for his own protection. On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear Chauvin's appeal of his conviction in state court.

Appeal and Documentary

Chauvin has filed an appeal of his federal conviction, arguing that he would not have pleaded guilty if he had been aware of alternative theories about Floyd's cause of death. He claims that a Kansas-based pathologist disputes the notion that Floyd died as a result of Chauvin's actions. Additionally, Chauvin was recently featured in a documentary called "The Fall of Minneapolis," where he called his trial a "sham" and disputed the grounds of his conviction. The documentary suggests that the FBI may have altered Floyd's autopsy report.

Chauvin's comments in the documentary include blaming the ambulance for taking too long to respond to the call and defending the use of the Maximal Restraint Technique (MRT), which he claims he was trained to do and used during the incident. Despite his conviction, Chauvin expressed hope that people would keep an open mind and not jump to conclusions in similar cases in the future.