Attorney General Keith Ellison of Minnesota spoke on Saturday about the stabbing death of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of George Floyd’s murder.
Ellison voiced outrage over the brutal assault on the ex-cop and stated that Chauvin was entitled to serve his time “without fear of retaliation or violence.”
“I am sad to hear that Derek Chauvin was the target of violence,” Ellison told The Washington Post through his spokesman, Brian Evans. “He was duly convicted of his crimes and, like any incarcerated individual, he should be able to serve his sentence without fear of retaliation or violence.”
The Associated Press reports that Chauvin was stabbed on Friday in federal prison by another prisoner.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Chauvin’s attack did not injure any other prisoners or staff members.
Workers stopped the attack and took the ex-cop to the hospital where he received life-saving treatment. The event was reported to the FBI.
The Associated Press was informed by a person with knowledge of the matter that the event took place at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona.
There was an incident at the jail on Friday at around 12:30 p.m., according to the Bureau of Prisons. The organisation stated that prison staff confined the situation and gave one inmate “life-saving measures,” although it did not identify the prisoner as Chauvin.
This is the prison’s second incident within a year. The firearm misfired when a prisoner at the prison’s low-security camp tried to shoot a guest in the head in November 2022.
After Chauvin was found guilty of Floyd’s murder in 2020, there were violent riots all around the country.