Monday, June 22, 2020
Segregation still exists in America. Black people know this. Here is a easy example that even the most clueless person cannot deny.
"When Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer and accused murderer of George Floyd, arrived at Ramsey County’s jail, all minority corrections officers were ordered to avoid him, according to racial discrimination charges filed with the state’s Department of Human Rights.
In the filing, acquired by the Star Tribune, eight minority officers at the jail say that they were forced to a separate floor after Chauvin was booked, with a supervisor telling them that their race made them a potential “liability” around the ex-cop.
“I understood that the decision to segregate us had been made because we could not be trusted to carry out our work responsibilities professionally around the high-profile inmate — solely because of the color of our skin,” wrote a black acting sergeant. “I am not aware of a similar situation where white officers were segregated from an inmate.”
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on May 29, following widespread outrage regarding a video in which he placed his knee on a handcuffed George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd repeatedly said “I can’t breathe.” Floyd’s death in police custody has sparked ongoing large-scale protests against racist police brutality across the country.
According to the Star-Tribune, jail Superintendent Steve Lydon told internal investigators that he only had 10 minutes’ notice that Chauvin was arriving at the jail, and he defended his actions as a move to “to protect and support” his employees. Lydon has since been demoted.
“Out of care and concern, and without the comfort of time, I made a decision to limit exposure to employees of color to a murder suspect who could potentially aggravate those feelings,” he said."
Minority officers allege only white guards allowed with Derek Chauvin - New York Daily News