Mother Of Derek Chauvin Speaks Out About His Prison Stabbing

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 27 November 2023 16:30
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Carolyn Pawlenty, the mother of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the death of George Floyd, has expressed her concern and fear after learning of her son's stabbing in prison through news reports.

Chauvin was reportedly assaulted at a federal prison in Arizona on Friday afternoon, yet his family and attorneys were not informed of the incident.

Chauvin, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the high-profile case of George Floyd's death, has been serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona. His mother, Pawlenty, voiced her distress to Alpha News, stating that she was "worried and scared" as the prison had not contacted her about the incident.

"How the hell do these news agencies know and his own mother doesn’t even know?" Pawlenty questioned. "And that [prison] has an emergency contact number [for me]."

Pawlenty further expressed her resolve to remain strong for her son, stating, "I have to stay strong for Derek as he does for me. There is no stronger love than a mother’s love.”

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Chauvin's attorney, Bill Mohrman, confirmed to the outlet that as of Saturday afternoon, they had not received any communication from the prison. "We have attempted to contact the Bureau of Prisons regarding the media reports regarding Mr. Chauvin and we have not heard back,” he said.

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Gregory M. Erickson, another attorney representing Chauvin, criticized the prison's lack of communication with Chauvin's attorneys and family members as "completely outrageous." He added, "It appears to be indicative of a poorly run facility and indicates how Derek’s assault was allowed to happen.”

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Erickson further pointed out the institution's poor procedures and lack of control, stating, "How the family members who are in charge of Derek’s decisions regarding his personal medical care and his emergency contact were not informed after his stabbing further indicates the institution’s poor procedures and lack of institutional control.”

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In December 2021, Chauvin pleaded guilty to "willfully depriving Mr. Floyd of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer," and was subsequently sentenced to 252 months in prison. He was transferred from the Minnesota State Prison to the Arizona federal prison in August 2022 for his own safety, given the national attention and riots sparked by the Floyd case.

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Former US Attorney Tom Heffelfinger noted the inherent dangers of being an officer in any prison, stating, "It's dangerous to be an officer in any prison." He added, "It's even more dangerous in state prison because of the nature of the inmate population. There are gangs, for example."

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Chauvin, who has called his trial process a "sham," is currently attempting to overturn his guilty plea due to new evidence suggesting that Floyd may have died from an excessive amount of drugs in his system, rather than from the officer kneeling on him. Despite the recent attack, Chauvin is reportedly in stable condition and is expected to survive.

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