A former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd has been seriously injured after being stabbed in prison, according to the Associated Press.

Derek Chauvin was attacked by another inmate while in prison in Arizona, according to the US news agency, which quoted an unnamed source.

The US Bureau of Prisons confirmed an inmate had been assaulted at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Tucson at around 12.30pm local time on Friday.

In a statement, the agency said prison staff performed “life-saving measures” before the inmate, who it did not name, was taken to a hospital for further treatment and evaluation.

Chauvin, 47, was sent to FCI Tucson from a maximum-security Minnesota state prison in August 2022 to serve a 22-year sentence for the second-degree murder of Mr Floyd.

Derek Chauvin listens as the verdict is read out
Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the second-degree murder of George Floyd

He was also sentenced to a concurrent 21-year sentence for violating Mr Floyd’s civil rights.

Mr Floyd died in May 2020 after Chauvin pressed a knee on his neck for more than nine minutes on the street outside a convenience store where he was suspected of trying to pass counterfeit money.

The murder sparked protests against racism and police brutality across the world.

Three other former officers received lesser state and federal sentences for their roles in Mr Floyd’s death.

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