An employee of the Minnesota Department of Corrections is on "investigatory leave" after he was captured on video with a woman who was yelling racist comments at protesters in Stillwater.
Attorney and activist Nekima Levy Armstrong posted video of the incident in which a woman in a Twins jacket yells at protesters to leave, calling them a racial slur as they protested and held a church service outside Washington County Attorney Pete Orput's home in Stillwater on Sunday.
The man in the video, wearing what appears to be American flag shorts, has been identified as a longtime Department of Corrections worker.
Protesters have been gathering outside Orput's house to demand he bring murder charges against Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged with killing Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on April 11. Potter has been charged with second-degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Wright.
Orput's office is prosecuting the case per an agreement between a few metro-area county attorney's offices.
On Facebook Sunday, Armstrong noted the corrections worker called demonstrators "derogatory names" during a protest last week, too. And in both incidents, the Stillwater Police Department "intervened on our behalf."
In a statement on Twitter, the Minnesota Department of corrections said:
"The actions and comments made here do not reflect the values of the MN DOC, and we are following up in response. Commissioner Schnell is directing the matter be investigated by our Office of Professional Accountability.
"The employee is currently on investigatory leave."
In response to the racist comments, Armstrong and others are calling on people to demand action from the Department of Corrections and to contact Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's office to demand he take over the prosecution of the case (his office is prosecuting the officers charged in George Floyd's death).
"The racist behavior of Pete Orput’s neighbors reinforces why Orput should not be handling Kim Potter’s case. Orput lives in an all-white neighborhood, outside of the diversity of Hennepin County. We should not have to tolerate racism and white supremacy in order to demand justice for Daunte Wright," Armstrong said on Facebook Sunday.