The Associated Press reported that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was stabbed early on Friday afternoon.
According to the news service, the stabbing was committed around 12:30 p.m. at the Federal Correctional Institution located in Tucson, Arizona. Chauvin survived the attack and is being treated in hospital.
The 47-year-old former law enforcement officer is serving a 21-year federal sentence at the facility concurrently with a 22-and-a-half-year state sentence.
The one-time officer became infamous in the spring of 2020 when video footage of him putting his knee on Floyd during an arrest went viral, leading to mass riots that resulted in dozens of murders.
Meanwhile, CBS News reported last week that the Supreme Court announced it would not hear Chauvin's request to have a new trial.
His lawyers argued that their client was deprived of his right to a fair trial when their requests for a change of venue and a sequestered jury were both denied.
"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," his lawyers stated in their filing.
The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, leaving in place his conviction for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020. https://t.co/l7yhKw1xmY
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 21, 2023
What's more, they maintained 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."
CBS News noted that the United States Supreme Court's decision came down seven months after the Minnesota Court of Appeals
News of Chauvin's stabbing came shortly after investigative journalist Liz Collin released a documentary on Floyd's death and the chaos that followed.
George Floyd's death led to anger and violence across America. But the George Floyd story is very different depending on who you talk to.
A new documentary called "The Fall of Minneapolis" lays out new info Americans haven't heard before. The journalist who produced the… pic.twitter.com/b1Sh5oWYKu
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) November 21, 2023
Collin also looked at evidence suggesting that Floyd's pre-existing health problems and a fentanyl overdose caused his death.