Turscak, who has been charged with attempted murder, is a former FBI informant, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In 1997, while a member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, Turscak was recruited by the FBI. His cooperation led to the indictment of over 40 members and associates of the Mexican Mafia, according to the newspaper. However, Turscak's relationship with the FBI ended when he confessed to extorting money, dealing drugs, and authorizing assaults while being paid as an informant.
Turscak was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2001 after pleading guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to murder a rival gang member. During his sentencing, he criticized the FBI, telling US District Court Judge A. Howard Matz, "I didn't commit those crimes for kicks. I did them because I had to if I wanted to stay alive. I told that to the [FBI] agents and they just said, 'Do what you have to do.'"
Turscak has reportedly confessed to stabbing Chauvin and spoke with FBI agents following the incident. Prosecutors allege that Turscak used a makeshift knife and told authorities he would have killed Chauvin if they hadn't intervened, the Associated Press reports.
Turscak later told FBI agents that he had been considering attacking Chauvin for about a month due to his high-profile status, but denied planning to kill him.
He revealed his intention to assault Chauvin on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, as a symbolic gesture towards the Black Lives Matter movement and the "Black Hand" emblem associated with the Mexican Mafia, according to prosecutors.
Chauvin, 47, was sentenced to 252 months in prison, with credit for time served. In December 2021, he pleaded guilty in federal court to "willfully depriving Mr. Floyd of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer, resulting in Mr. Floyd's bodily injury and death."
An autopsy revealed that Floyd, who was accused of trying to pass a counterfeit bill, had a high level of drugs in his system. Testimony from another case revealed that there was pressure to secure Chauvin's conviction due to the national attention the case received. This attention sparked "defund the police" movements across the country.