The leaders claim that on May 29, at Chauvin was charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, they were told to report to the third floor of the prison.
“When we arrived on the 3rd floor, we realized that employees of color were all on this floor, and we had been separated from the 5th floor,” where Chauvin takes place, an employee responsible for the discrimination said.
Steve Lydon, the prison superintendent, soon reversed the decision, but all of the eight employees said they were “deeply humbled” by ” the isolation of the order “, the accusations of discrimination said.
“I believe that Ramsey County’s actions were discriminatory because they openly distinguished, and separated the agents of the color because of our skin color,” the officers said in their complaints.
Prison official gives his version of the story
Lydon said when he was notified on May 29 that Chauvin would soon arrive at the prison, he has taken the decision to reallocate some of the agents of correction, for other positions, according to a statement provided by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.
Chauvin, who is white, and other officers knelt down on Floyd, a black man, during an arrest in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death and the release of the viewer of the video of the arrest sparked protests across the country.
“Recognizing that the murder of George Floyd was of a nature as to create a particularly acute racialized trauma, I had an immediate duty to protect and support employees who have been traumatized and may have reinforced the ongoing trauma caused by having to deal with Chauvinistic,” Lydon said.
“Out of care and concern, and without the comfort of time, I made the decision to limit the exposure of employees of color to a suspect who could be exacerbating these feelings. ”
Lydon said he reversed his decision at the time.
“Shortly after the taking of the decision, Corrections staff have expressed concerns about the change and within a period of 45 minutes, I realized my mistake and reversed the order,” he said.
“Then I met people who were working at the time and explained what my thought process was at the time and assured them that the decision was taken out of concern for them and was in no way related to a concern about their professionalism, or of Chauvin of the security. ”
“I realized that I had committed an error of judgment and has apologized to the affected employees. ”
In a press release, the leaders of the lawyer, Bonnie Smith, said the change came too late. “At this point the damage had been done. Changes have been mutated and at least one agent of the color that was assigned to the 5th floor, the weekend has been reassigned to another floor for the duration of Chauvin of detention at the prison. ”
According to a statement from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Lydon functions have been changed, while the Sheriff Bill Fletcher examines the circumstances to determine if additional measures are necessary.
Chauvin was charged by prosecutors with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his alleged role in the May 25 death of Floyd.
The agents ask for a compensation for the emotional distress
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights Director of Communication, Taylor Putz told CNN that the law of the state does not allow the organization of release of a charge of discrimination or other information about a case until it is closed.
In addition, Putz said that the Ministry has not closed the case and can not provide comments.
The officers of the lawsuit identify themselves as african American, Hispanic, Pacific island American or mixed-race.
They demand measures be taken to ensure that discriminatory behaviour does not happen again at the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center, as well as compensation for emotional distress and loss of income, Smith said.
Smith said that one of his clients, was stopped in the middle of the reservation Chauvin and said that it would not be the transport of Chauvin, in his unit, Smith said in the statement.
Another officer said to the officers of correction of color have been informed in the middle of responding to an emergency call that they would not be allowed to complete the emergency protocol until the white officers arrived, because it goes to the fifth floor, Smith said.
“Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office separate, hardworking people of color away from a high-profile, held solely because of their skin colour,” Smith said in the statement. “The sorting of employees by their race and skin color has been deeply degrading and humiliating, not to mention illegal. These correctional officers to come to work every day to keep our community safe and employment, decisions must be made based on their performance, not the color of their skin. “