Eight law enforcement officers in Minnesota filed a lawsuit on Friday (June 19), according to which officials have prevented them from protecting Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis white police officers, who are accused of murder for stifling George Floyd, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"I understood that the decision to separate us was made because we could not be trusted to perform our duties professionally around the high-profile inmates – simply because of the color of our skin," said a reigning sergeant who is black.
The statement goes on to say, "I am not aware of a similar situation in which white officers were separated from an inmate."
The complaint filed with the State Department of Human Rights states that all of the color officers were sent off the floor where Chauvin was housed when he arrived.
Ramsey County prison superintendent Steve Lydon reportedly said during an internal investigation that he had made this decision to "limit exposure to colored workers to a murder suspect who may be the racial trauma they may have experienced as a result of Floyd's murder." may feel, possibly aggravate ".
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"I think they deserve to have employment decisions based on performance and behavior," said Bonnie Smith, the lawyer who represents the eight guards.