CO's of color say they weren't allowed to guard Derek Chauvin

They've filed discrimination complaints against Ramsey County.
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A number of corrections officers (CO) have filed discrimination charges against Ramsey County, saying they weren't allowed to guard a high-profile inmate because they aren't white.

They work at a Ramsey County jail, where Derek Chauvin — the ex-Minneapolis cop who killed George Floyd — was briefly held last month. 

Eight CO's filed discrimination complaints with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights on Friday, and are being represented by the law firm Shannon Law, LLC, KSTP reports.

According to the station, the complaints say that the CO's were told that "officers of color weren't being allowed on Chauvin's floor and that white officers would handle the routine change out and escorting duties for Chauvin."

As the Star Tribune reports, the CO's say they brought their concerns to Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, who promised to reassign the superintendent but allegedly never did. 

The paper also notes that a sheriff's spokesperson initially told the press that there was "no truth to the report" about officers having been reassigned based on race, and that Chauvin was "treated according to procedure."

BringMeTheNews has reached out to Shannon Law for comment.

Chauvin — who's charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's May 25 death — is now being held at Oak Park Heights state prison.

His bail has been set at $1.25 million.

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