Ex-cop convicted in George Floyd killing stable after being stabbed in prison

Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years in prison after found guilty

George Floyd killing convict stabbed (L) Video grab of the police brutaliy, were convicted ex-cop presses his knee on George Floyd's neck leading to his death, (R) Convicted ex-cop Derek Chauvin | X/AFP

Minneapolis ex-police officer Derek Chauvin, convicted in the murder of George Floyd, is stable after been stabbed at an Arizona prison, reports said on Sunday.

Reportedly, Chauvin was seriously injured by another prison inmate.

Chauvin was arrested and later convicted for police brutality leading to the black man's death. A wide range of protests was triggered after Floyd's death.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed in a statement that an inmate at a federal prison in Tucson city was stabbed at 12:30 local time on Friday.

The agency said employees contained the incident and "life-saving measures" were performed on the inmate, who was then taken to hospital, reported BBC.

However, the name of the prisoner was not given in the statement. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, quoted by CNN, confirmed that Chauvin had been stabbed but he was in a stable condition. Chauvin's family was also anxious after hearing the reports and said they were kept in dark about his health condition.

The attack comes after US Supreme Court rejected Chauvin's appeal of his conviction for second-degree murder in the killing of Floyd.

Floyd died on May 25, 2020 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed a knee on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes on the street outside a convenience store where Floyd tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. "I can't breathe" cries of Floyd was captured by a bystander over video revealing the police brutality.

Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years in prison after found guilty. A further 20-year sentence was also given in July last year for violating Floyd's civil rights. 

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