November 25, 2023

Former police officer Derek Chauvin stabbed in federal prison

The New York Post reported that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was stabbed on Friday afternoon. Chauvin's case has caused divided opinions among many Americans, including former President Donald Trump.

According to the Post, Chauvin is in "stable condition" after being seriously injured in the attack, which took place at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona.

"Life-saving measures" taken by prison staff

The former police officer received "life-saving measures" from prison staff members who brought him to hospital for further treatment.

This is the second time that Chauvin has made headlines in recent days, as CBS News reported last week that the U.S. Supreme Court declined Chauvin's request for a new trial.

Chauvin was sentenced to over 22 years behind bars after his conviction in 2021 on three state counts relating to the death of George Floyd. He also received a concurrent 21-year federal sentence for violating Floyd's civil rights.

Chauvin's lawyers argued that his right to a fair trial was violated after requests for a change of venue and a sequestered jury were both denied.

Documentary looks at evidence that Chauvin didn't kill Floyd

"Mr. Chauvin's case shows the profound difficulties trial courts have to ensure a criminal defendant's right to an impartial jury consistently when extreme cases arise," the lawyers said in a filing.

They went on to argue that jurors "had a vested interest in finding Mr. Chauvin guilty in order to avoid further rioting in the community in which they lived and the possible threat of physical harm to them or their families."

What's more, this past week saw the debut of a documentary film called The Fall of Minneapolis, which examined evidence suggesting that it was Floyd's pre-existing health problems and drug use which caused his death rather than Chauvin's actions.

Trump: "You can't resist a police officer"

Violent riots kicked off in the spring of 2020 when videos showing Floyd's last moments went viral on social media. Those images caught the attention of then-President Trump, with CBS News quoting him as saying that "it doesn't get any worse than that."

However, Trump also stressed that "you can't resist a police officer," adding, "If you have a disagreement, you have to take it up after the fact."

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