Inmate Who Stabbed Derek Chauvin 22 Times Has Been Hit With Attempted Murder
Federal prosecutors announced attempted murder charges against an Arizona inmate Friday, a week after ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was stabbed 22 times inside the slammer.
John Turscak, 52, is also facing multiple assault charges and inflicting serious bodily injury with an “improvised knife” around 12:30 p.m. on Black Friday – a day the suspect allegedly told investigators he picked to symbolize the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which spurred months of protests around the country in connection with the death of George Floyd – who Chauvin was convicted of killing.
Derek Michael Chauvin is a former police officer who murdered George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chauvin was a member of the Minneapolis Police Department from 2001 to 2020.
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In his career, Chauvin had 18 complaints against him on official record and was involved in three police shootings, one of which was fatal. He received two letters of reprimand for misconduct. On May 25, 2020, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street, calling out “I can’t breathe”, during an arrest made with three other officers.
Chauvin was dismissed by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) on May 26 and arrested on May 29. The murder set off a series of protests in Minneapolis–Saint Paul and across the rest of the United States, later spreading around the world.
In mid 2022, Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years in prison for violating Floyd’s civil rights. The federal and state sentences are to run concurrently. The Minnesota Department of Corrections lists Chauvin’s anticipated release date on the state sentence as December 10, 2035. For the federal charges, Chauvin will likely be released from prison in the year 2038. Chauvin filed a motion in federal court in mid-November 2023 attempting to vacate his guilty plea.
After the conclusion of the criminal and civil rights cases, Chauvin was transferred in August 2022 from Oak Park Heights prison in Minnesota to FCI Tucson in Arizona, a medium-security federal facility, to serve his sentence. He was stabbed by another inmate at the federal facility on November 24, 2023.
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