Eight Minnesota correctional officers working at the facility where fired police officer Derek Chauvin was held following his arrest for the murder of George Floyd say they were forbidden from coming into contact with him and have reportedly filed a complaint with the state’s Department of Human Rights.
The officers — all people of color — say they were told they would be a “liability” around Chauvin because of their race, The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported. Chauvin is the white officer who was seen on video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the Black man gasped for breath.
According to a copy of racial discrimination charges obtained by the newspaper, once Chauvin arrived at the Ramsey County Jail, officers of color were ordered to a separate floor. The only officers left to guard Chauvin were white and minority employees were prohibited from having contact with Chauvin, the Star Tribune reported.