In a recent incident that has garnered significant attention, John Turscak, aged 52, has been charged with the attempted murder of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer known for his involvement in the death of George Floyd. This attack occurred in the Tucson Federal Correctional Institution, where Turscak, using an improvised knife, allegedly stabbed Chauvin 22 times in the law library on November 26, 2023.
Turscak’s motivations for the attack appear to be deeply rooted in his personal beliefs and affiliations. In a post-Miranda interview with FBI agents, he revealed that he had been contemplating assaulting Chauvin for about a month, driven by Chauvin’s high-profile status. Turscak chose Black Friday for the attack, symbolizing both the Black Lives Matter movement and the “Black Hand” symbol associated with the Mexican Mafia, a gang he admitted to joining in 1990.
The background of John Turscak is as complex as it is troubling. He was sentenced in 2001 to 30 years in prison for crimes committed while he was a federal informant. His involvement with the Mexican Mafia dates back to 1990, and during his time with the gang, he was responsible for authorizing assaults, collecting “taxes” from street gangs and drug dealers, and even admitted to committing murder in 1990 and authorizing another in 1998.
The attack on Chauvin, who was hospitalized but in stable condition following the incident, raises serious questions about security in federal prisons. This event not only highlights the ongoing challenges within the prison system but also reflects the deep-seated tensions and complexities surrounding high-profile inmates like Derek Chauvin.
Source: CBS News