The federal prosecutors have charged a former gang leader, 52, in the assault on former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was reportedly stabbed over 22 times last week in an Arizona federal prison.
John Turscak, a former member of the Mexican Mafia who also served as an FBI informant, is accused of stabbing the former Minneapolis police officer on November 24 in the law library at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Tucson, according to court documents. Chauvin suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive the attack.
Investigators said that Turscak told FBI agents that he had been thinking about it for over a month now, because he was a high-profile inmate. Chauvin is serving a 21-year federal prison sentence at FCI Tucson for violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights when he killed Black Minnesota man by kneeling onto his neck for at least nine minutes, while the man had complained of not being able to breathe.
Turscak also revealed to the officials that he had put some thought into the timing of his attack on November 24, which was Black Friday this year, according to allegations. He has been charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in the attack on Chauvin.