Derek Chauvin’s mother states that the prison did not reach out to her or any other family members within the first 24 hours after her son was stabbed and sustained serious injuries.
Chauvin was stabbed at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), a medium-security facility located in Tucson, Arizona, on Friday.
The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office stated on Saturday that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is expected to survive.
Speaking to NBC News, they affirmed, “I can confirm that, as of last night, Chauvin was expected to survive.” No further information about his condition was disclosed.
Carolyn Pawlenty, Chauvin’s mother, reveals that she found out about the stabbing and her son’s condition from the media, as prison officials never contacted her.
“I can’t even think what to say. I haven’t been to bed and made a path in my kitchen and living room floor by pacing. I am worried and scared,” Pawlenty stated.
“How the hell do these news agencies know and his own mother doesn’t even know? And that [prison] has an emergency contact number [for me],” Pawlenty added.
“I have to stay strong for Derek as he does for me. There is no stronger love than a mother’s love.”
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the incident took place at about 12:30 p.m., and “responding employees isolated and contained the incident … responding employees initiated life-saving measures for one incarcerated individual.
“Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were requested while life-saving efforts continued.
“The incarcerated individual was transported by EMS to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation.”
Chauvin’s attorney, Bill Mohrman, stated, “We have attempted to contact the Bureau of Prisons regarding the media reports regarding Mr. Chauvin and we have not heard back.”
Attorney Gregory Erickson, who represented Chauvin in a civil case, said that his family has not been updated on Chauvin’s condition.
“As an outsider, I view this lack of communication with his attorneys and family members as completely outrageous,” Erickson said.
“It appears to be indicative of a poorly run facility and indicates how Derek’s assault was allowed to happen.”
“Although Derek’s family assumes he is stable because of a third-party report (not direct contact), they are understandably doubtful because of the lack of transparency that has permeated this ordeal,” he added.
The Tucson prison is known for its poor security and staffing problems.
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