According to a 2001 LA Times article, Derek Chauvin’s attacker, John Turscak, is a former FBI informant and a former gang member.
A man with a troubled past named John Turscak assaulted Derek Chauvin while he was incarcerated.
Federal prosecutors revealed that 52-year-old John Turscak stabbed Derek Chauvin 22 times at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, as previously reported.
Correctional officers’ quick action prevented a more catastrophic catastrophe by stepping in before Turscak could kill Chauvin. Chauvin needed life-saving procedures following the incident before being taken to the hospital.
After this stabbing incident at the jail, the FBI opened an investigation.
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In his confession to FBI agents, Turscak stated that he picked Black Friday for the attack on purpose as a symbolic nod to the Black Lives Matter movement, which garnered a lot of attention after George Floyd’s death. The Mexican Mafia is linked to the “Black Hand” insignia, which he also mentioned.
Following the event, Turscak was charged by the DOJ with attempted murder, assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily damage.
Turscak is now known to be an FBI informant and a former gang member, according to a 2001 LA Times article.
Turscak’s past is complicated because it includes both criminal conduct and law enforcement collaboration. Known by the moniker “Stranger,” Turscak oversaw a branch of the Mexican Mafia in the Los Angeles region in the late 1990s.
His considerable engagement with the Mexican Mafia stemmed from his 1997 FBI informant status. In this capacity, Turscak supplied crucial details on the group, including transcripts of talks with other Mexican Mafia members and associates.
Mike Sisak of the AP reported that Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty in the 2020 death of 46-year-old George Floyd, has been stabbed in federal prison.
Turscak committed multiple crimes while posing as an FBI informant and operating undercover. His collaboration with the FBI played a pivotal role in an inquiry that resulted in the indictment of more than forty suspected members of the Mexican Mafia.
According to FOX5 Vegas, John Turscak’s connection with the FBI soured throughout his time as an informant because he persisted in his illegal activities, which included drug selling, extortion, and planning assaults.
According to court records, Turscak planned assaults on members of competing gangs and even attempted to kill the head of a rival Mexican Mafia group. He became a target in these gang disputes as well.
Turscak pled guilty to accusations of racketeering and plotting the murder of a rival gang member in 2001.
Because of his ties to the FBI, he was only sentenced to 30 years in jail, while he might have received a maximum life term.
Turscak justified his acts by saying that he had no choice but to commit crimes to survive. At his 2001 sentence, he told media that he had told FBI agents of this, and they had instructed him to take any required action.