Law Enforcement: Chauvin Attempted Murder Linked To BLM Support

Law enforcement alleged that the attempted murder of former police officer Derek Chauvin was carried out in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The stabbing highlights the conditions within the prison Chauvin is held in as well as the repercussions of the 2020 death of George Floyd.

Chauvin is currently serving a term in prison after being convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd in 2020. Chauvin was a part of the Minneapolis Police Department detachment which detained Floyd.

According to law enforcement, the suspect used an “improvised knife” to stab the former officer in connection with support for the BLM movement. Inmate John Turscak told law enforcement that he chose Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, to stab Chauvin because of its name’s symbolism with Black Lives Matter.

He also stated that he tied the name of Black Friday with the Black Hand symbol “associated with the Mexican Mafia criminal organization.”

Chauvin required emergency medical care after the attack.

Turscak said that he would have killed the former officer if not for the rapid reaction of prison guards. According to law enforcement, the guards “immediately” deployed pepper spray against the attempted murderer.

The suspect also said that he had planned the attack for a month and that he desired to target a high-profile inmate.

Turscak was charged with attempted murder in connection with the Nov. 24 incident, as well as related charges.

Should the suspect be convicted, he could face an additional 60 years in prison. Turscak was set to be released from prison in 2026.

According to the Department of Justice’s criminal complaint against the suspect, Turscak “did intentionally and knowingly” attack Chauvin “with intent to commit murder.”

Chauvin is currently appealing his at least 20-year sentence in prison. His attorneys claim that he is not responsible for George Floyd’s death. Despite the appeal, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal for Chauvin to receive a new trial.

Chauvin and his attorneys are claiming that there is additional information in the case that showed that his federal civil rights conviction was wrongly decided.