June 21, 2020

8 Black Corrections Officers Barred From Guarding Derek Chauvin, Told Their Race Made Them A Liability

“Attorney Bonnie Smith said in a press conference Sunday that eight corrections officers were prevented from guarding or even interacting with Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death.” – CBS NEWS

Derek Chauvin, the man who murdered George Floyd with a knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, has apparently been under a ‘whites only’ protection while in custody.

According to a report from The Hill, “Eight nonwhite corrections officers for Ramsey County, Minn., alleged in a discrimination filing that they were barred from guarding Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd, specifically because of their race.

The discrimination charges, filed with the state Department of Human Rights, allege that upon Chauvin’s arrival at the county jail, a supervisor ordered all officers to a separate floor and told them that their race made them a potential “liability” around the former Minneapolis police officer…”

The Segregation Order

A report from the Star Tribune details the segregation order:

“On May 29, word spread that Chauvin had been arrested and would be booked at the Ramsey County jail. A black acting sergeant who typically oversees the transport of high-profile inmates started a routine pat-down on Chauvin. Lydon instructed the sergeant to stop and replaced him with white officers, the charges say.

A fellow sergeant informed him that Lydon had ordered all minority employees from the fifth floor, where Chauvin was being held in isolation, and prohibited them from having any contact with Chauvin. In every case, white colleagues were swapped in to perform their normal duties.

Later that afternoon, officers of color gathered on the third floor to console one another about what they deemed a “segregation order.” Some were crying, charges say, while others were openly contemplating whether they should quit. Individuals who complained were told to take it up with Lydon.

In written statements, all eight staffers recount a meeting with Lydon where he admitted to banning officers of color from the fifth floor but denied being racist. He defended that decision, charges say, yet reversed the order within 45 minutes.”