The inmate accused of attacking Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd, stabbed him about 22 times with a makeshift knife in an attack the Arizona inmate had been contemplating for about a month, according to court documents .
According to the federal complaint, at approximately 12:30 p.m. local time on November 24, Chauvin was in the law library at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson. when John Turscak, 52, attacked him, causing serious bodily injury.
“Federal corrections offices responded immediately and deployed OC spray to subdue Turscak,” the criminal complaint adds.
Turscak, charged with attempted murder, told corrections officers he would have killed Chauvin if they had not responded so quickly, according to the complaint.
“Turscak stated that his attack on (Derek Chauvin) on Black Friday was symbolic of the Black Lives Matter movement and the “Black Hand” symbol associated with the Mexican Mafia criminal organization,” the complaint says.
Turscak has been charged with three other counts, including assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
“Offenses for attempted murder and assault with intent to commit murder carry maximum sentences of 20 years in prison, while assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury carry maximum sentences of 10 years in prison,” according to a press release. from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.
Chauvin is serving two concurrent sentences for the murder of Floyd in 2020. He was convicted in April 2021 on state charges of second-degree involuntary murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He received a sentence of 22 and a half years.
The former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty months later to federal charges of depriving Floyd of his civil rights and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
On May 25, 2020, Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd’s neck and back for more than nine minutes after officers responded to reports that they suspected Floyd had used counterfeit $20 at a convenience store. Minneapolis corner. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was handcuffed and lying face down in the street as he claimed he couldn’t breathe.
Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests that spread around the world over racial injustice and police treatment of people of color, particularly African Americans in the United States.
An investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights revealed that the city and its police department were engaged in “a pattern or practice of racial discrimination,” according to a 2022 report.
CNN contacted Chauvin’s attorney on Friday for comment.
CNN’s Josh Campbell, Evan Perez, Katelyn Polantz and Hannah Rabinowitz contributed to this report.
This story has been updated with additional information.