MN Jail Staff Cost Bias in Chauvin Custody

Workers members on the jail that held Derek Chauvin, the white officer charged with homicide within the killing of George Floyd, say that solely white staff had been allowed to protect him when he was introduced there final month, the New York Times reports. Eight minority officers filed complaints with the Minnesota Division of Human Rights, saying that the superintendent of the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul stored them from bringing Chauvin to his cell or being on the identical ground as him solely due to their race.

The officers mentioned orders from the superintendent, Steve Lydon, who’s white, amounted to segregation and indicated that he thought they might not be trusted to do their jobs as a result of they don’t seem to be white. Lydon has been briefly faraway from the superintendent function. Lydon advised investigators he believed having individuals of shade work together with Chauvin might have “heightened ongoing trauma.” The discrimination complaints had been the most recent occasion wherein correctional officers have been accused of giving preferential remedy to a white inmate. One officer mentioned he had seen a white lieutenant let Chauvin use her cellphone inside his cell, a violation of the power’s coverage.