MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Eight minority correction workers working in prison with a former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd’s death allege they are not allowed to be watched or have contact with the officer due to their race.
Floyd died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, who is white, used his knee to pin the black man’s cuffed neck even after Floyd stopped moving and begged for air. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. He is being held in Ramsey County prison on a $ 1 million bond.
Eight Ramsey County correctional officers filed racial discrimination charges with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights on Friday, arguing that when Chauvin was jailed, all officers of color were ordered to a separate floor, according to the Star Tribune, who made a copy got from costs. The charges allege that a supervisor told one of the officers that they would be a potential “liability” around Chauvin because of their race.
Bonnie Smith, a Minneapolis lawyer representing the eight employees, said the order had a lasting impact on morale.
“I think they deserve to make work decisions based on performance and behavior,” she said. “Their main goal is to make sure this never happens again.”
Prison Superintendent Steve Lydon reportedly told the superiors that he was told that day that Chauvin would arrive in 10 minutes and called on minority workers to protect them from Chauvin.
“Out of concern and concern, and without the comfort of time, I decided to limit exposure to colored workers to a murder suspect who could potentially worsen these feelings,” Lydon said in a statement during an internal investigation and provided by the office from the Sheriff at the Star Tribune. He has since been demoted.
The discrimination fees are expected to automatically lead to a state investigation. It is said to mark the Department of Human Rights’ second racist probe to a law enforcement agency in recent weeks. The state launched an extensive investigation into the Minneapolis police after Floyd’s death.
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