The family of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin — who was convicted of murder after a highly publicized trial – has spoken out after Chauvin was critically injured in a prison stabbing on Friday. Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, was alerted to the news through media reports and reported that she was not contacted by any prison officials, according to a report from Alpha News.
“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 said, adding that she is “worried and scared” about her son’s condition.
“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,” Pawlenty said.
Chauvin’s attorney, Bill Mohrman, said he attempted to contact the Bureau of Prisons on behalf of his client but has not heard back from the agency. “We have attempted to contact the Bureau of Prisons regarding the media reports regarding Mr. Chauvin and we have not heard back,” Mohrman told the outlet.
Gregory M. Erickson, another of Chauvin’s attorneys, slammed the Arizona prison for lack of transparency. “It appears to be indicative of a poorly run facility and indicates how Derek’s assault was allowed to happen,” Erickson said in a statement on Saturday.
“How the family members who are in charge of Derek’s decisions regarding his personal medical care and his emergency contact were not informed after his stabbing further indicates the institution’s poor procedures and lack of institutional control,” he added.
Chauvin was attacked shortly after 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Federal Correctional Prison in Tucson, Arizona. Prison staff were forced to perform life-saving measures before Chauvin was hospitalized, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
Chauvin’s condition has since been listed as “stable.”
The Supreme court recently refused to hear Chauvin’s appeal of the 2021 conviction, who argued that the jury was biased against him.