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Suit: Only white officers allowed to guard Chauvin

AP, 10 Feb 2021
Eight Minnesota jail guards who were barred from working where a former Minneapolis police officer was held after his arrest in the death of George Floyd filed a lawsuit, alleging they were discriminated against because of their skin color. (Feb. 9)

The eight guards, who identify as African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander American and mixed-race, say they were segregated and prevented from doing their jobs at the Ramsey County jail solely because of the color of their skin. They say their supervisor believed they could not be trusted to perform their duties professionally around Derek Chauvin, the white officer charged in Floyd's death.

Their lawsuit alleges Ramsey County violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act by discriminating against the guards because of their race or color, and by creating a hostile work environment. It seeks unspecified damages, including damages arising from loss of past and future income and benefits and damages for mental anguish and suffering.

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