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Officers Of Color Barred From Guarding Derek Chauvin Due To Race Get $1.5 Million

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Derrek ChauvinA Minnesota county agreed this week to settle a lawsuit brought by eight correctional officers who say jail management kept them away from Derek Chauvin, the now-former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd, due to their race.

The eight officers, all nonwhite, are expected to receive $1.45 million from Ramsey County after its board of commissioners voted unanimously to resolve the matter Tuesday. The county will also formally apologize.

The officers’ complaint stemmed from an incident involving Steve Lydon, then-superintendent of the Rammsey County Adult Detention Center.

When Chauvin was brought to the facility on May 29, 2020 ― four days after Floyd’s death in police custody ― Lydon issued an order barring corrections officers of color from entering the fifth floor where Chauvin was being held, according to documents filed with the county. Lydon rescinded the order around an hour later.

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