Derek Chauvin, the former US police officer responsible for the death of George Floyd, endured a stabbing incident while in prison, as reported by the New York Times from undisclosed sources.
Chauvin infamously kneeled on Floyd's neck for over nine minutes, sparking widespread protests against racial injustice in 2020.
The assault occurred at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Tucson in Arizona, according to the US Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Although the agency didn't disclose the injured party's identity, it confirmed the occurrence of an assault and stated that the individual received prompt medical attention.
Chauvin, convicted in 2021 of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, is serving a 22-and-a-half-year prison sentence.
The attack comes after his unsuccessful appeal to the US Supreme Court earlier this month.
The incident that led to Chauvin's conviction was captured on video, revealing a stark contrast to the initial police report.
Floyd's death became a focal point for protests worldwide, prompting a Justice Department investigation into the Minneapolis police.
The subsequent findings, published in June 2023, exposed systemic issues of violence and racism within the department.
Chauvin's sentencing, during which he received condolences to the Floyd family, did not sway from his calm demeanour.
His lawyer argued that Chauvin applied an authorized hold consistent with his training, but the prosecution successfully contended that he had used excessive force throughout his career.
Chauvin's policing history included 22 internal complaints and investigations, with only one resulting in a reprimand related to a 2007 incident involving the violent removal of a speeding white woman from her car in front of her crying infant.
The Floyd case, however, transcended individual incidents, catalysing ongoing debates on racism and policing in the United States and globally.
The repercussions continue to influence discussions on these issues in politics and educational institutions.