Recently, while serving his sentence in a federal jail for the murder of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin was stabbed in a prison in Arizona.
When his mother Carolyn Pawlenty learned about her son’s stabbing through the press, she criticized the prison administration. While having an emergency contact number, Pawlenty spoke with local media to criticize the prison administration for not informing her. “How the hell do these news organizations know and his own mother doesn’t even know? I am at a loss for words. I haven’t gone to bed and have been pacing the floor of my kitchen and living room.” The criminal defence attorneys representing Chauvin allegedly reached out to the facility but received no answer. They stated, “It seems to be indicative of a poorly run facility and indicates how Derek’s assault was allowed to happen.”
Both the office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara reported on Saturday that Chauvin’s health was stable and that he was expected to live. Erickson stated that neither Chauvin’s lawyers nor relatives received that information. “I just think that the procedures that this facility is using are fatally flawed,” the attorney added, noting that Chauvin’s emergency contacts on file with the Bureau of Prisons were never contacted.
A day after his client, Derek Chauvin was stabbed by another prisoner at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona—a facility beset by security lapses and staffing shortages—Gregor M. Erickson, Chauvin’s attorney, slammed the Federal Bureau of Prisons for its lack of transparency.
According to Erickson, attempts by Chauvin’s lawyers and family to get information regarding the attack from Bureau of Prisons officials have been unsuccessful. He claimed that because Chauvin’s family has been relying solely on news reports, they have been compelled to believe that he is in stable condition. Despite their repeated requests for updates, they have received no response from the prison.
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On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, was killed when Chauvin, pushed a knee against his neck for nine and a half minutes as they were standing outside a shop. Floyd was thought to be attempting to pass a fake $20 bill. Floyd could be heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” in a fading voice on bystander video. His death sparked protests throughout the globe, some of which turned violent, and compelled a national conversation about racism and police brutality.