Chauvin Stabbed by Inmate

Sienna Soemitro ’26 in News | December 8, 2023

On November 19, John Turscak non-fatally stabbed Derek Chauvin at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona, with an improvised knife. Turscak claimed that he had planned to execute the attack on Black Friday in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ‘Black Hand,’ a symbolic connection to a Mexican mafia criminal organization he was formerly part of. Turscak told inSienna Soemitro ’26 vestigators that he targeted the ex-Minneapolis police officer for his killing of George Floyd that sparked the Black Lives Movement in 2020. Chauvin survived the attack and will continue serving out his 22-year sentence at the same facility in Arizona. Turscak was charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.