Ex-Informant Allegedly Attacked Chauvin
On Friday, a former FBI informant, who is currently serving time alongside Derek Chauvin, was charged by federal prosecutors with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing the former Minneapolis police officer multiple times. The attack, which occurred at a Tuscon, Arizona, penitentiary on Black Friday, was carried out in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to reports.
The prisoner, identified as John Turscak, 52, is said to have stabbed Chauvin 22 times with an improvised knife in the prison's library. The assault was so severe that it required immediate medical attention, and prison staff had to administer “life-saving” measures on Chauvin. The former police officer, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the highly controversial George Floyd case, is said to be in stable condition at a medical facility.
According to reports, Turscak has admitted to plotting the attack for a month, specifically choosing Black Friday as the date to symbolize the Black Lives Matter movement. He has also confessed that he would have killed Chauvin if prison officials had not intervened in time. Turscak, who has a long criminal history, was serving a 30-year sentence for various crimes, including being an FBI informant for Mexican Mafia. He was scheduled for release in 2026 but could now face an additional 60 years if convicted of the new charges.
Court documents reveal that Turscak had been recruited by the FBI in 1999 to assist in taking down members of the Mexican Mafia, a gang he had joined in 1990. He admitted to committing numerous crimes, including murder and authorizing hits on other individuals. Responding to the attack, Chauvin's attorney, Gregory M. Erickson, and his mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, expressed their frustration with the lack of information from authorities.
Derek Chauvin was stabbed 22 times by a former FBI informant and Mexican Mafia member, who says he did it in solidarity with BLM. His race is listed as white in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The journalist who spoke with Chauvin and produced "The Fall of Minneapolis", Liz… pic.twitter.com/FshZ6NhRRt
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) December 2, 2023
Pawlenty revealed that authorities had waited several days to inform her about the attack because they “did not want to give her false information” and needed to get the situation under control. Erickson also criticized the Bureau of Prisons for providing them with no updates on Chauvin's condition or current location. However, three days after the attack, the family was updated, and they were informed that Chauvin was in stable condition and had protection in a medical facility.
The assault has raised concerns about Chauvin's safety while serving his sentence. Following the attack, there have been calls for increased security and protection for the former police officer. The incident has also sparked debates about the safety of inmates and the need for better monitoring and intervention in correctional facilities.
In conclusion, the stabbing of Derek Chauvin, allegedly carried out in the name of Black Lives Matter by a fellow inmate, has caused shock and concern. While Chauvin is now in stable condition, the attack has raised questions about the safety of inmates and the need for tighter security measures in prison facilities. Turscak, who faces attempted murder charges, could potentially receive a much longer sentence if convicted.