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Corrections officers said they were banned from the Derek Chauvin floor because of their skin color



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Officials alleged that on May 29, when Chauvin was charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, they were told to report to the third floor of the prison.

“When we arrived on the 3rd floor, we realized that the employees’ colors were all on that floor, and that we had been separated from the 5th floor,” where Chauvin would be held, said a discriminating employee.

Steve Lydon, supervisor of the correction facility, immediately reversed the decision, but the eight employees said they were “deeply insulted” by the “separation order,” said the alleged discrimination.

“I believe Ramsey County’s actions are discriminatory because they openly choose and separate color officers because of the color of our skin,” officials said in their complaint.

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Lydon said when he was told on May 29 that Chauvin would soon arrive at prison, he made the decision to reassign corrective officers to other posts, according to a statement given by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.

Chauvin, who is white, and another officer knelt at Floyd, a black man, during an arrest in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death and the arrest of observers’ video releases sparked protests across the nation.

“Acknowledging that the murder of George Floyd is likely to create acute racial trauma, I feel I have a direct duty to protect and support employees who might be traumatized and possibly increase ongoing trauma by having to deal with Chauvin,” Lydon said.

“Because of caution and care, and without the convenience of time, I made the decision to limit the exposure of colored employees to a murder suspect who has the potential to exacerbate those feelings.”

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Lydon said he reversed his decision with time.

“Shortly after making a decision, the Corrections staff expressed concern with the change and within 45 minutes I realized my mistake and reversed the order,” he said.

“I then met the people who were working at the time and explained to them what my thinking process was at the time and convinced them that the decision was made out of concern for them and had absolutely no connection to concerns about their professionalism or Chauvin’s security. ”

“I realize that I was wrong in my assessment and issued an apology to the affected employee.”

In a statement, the officer’s lawyer, Bonnie Smith, said the change had come too late. “At that time the damage was done. Shift was moved and at least one color officer assigned to the 5th floor over the weekend was moved to another floor for the duration of Chauvin’s detention in prison.”

According to a statement from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Lydon’s job was modified while Sheriff Bill Fletcher reviewed the situation to find out if additional action was needed.

Chauvin was charged by prosecutors with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree murder because of his alleged role in Floyd’s death on May 25.

Officers seek compensation for emotional distress

Minnesota Department of Human Rights Communications Director Taylor Putz told CNN that state law does not allow organizations to release charges of discrimination or other information about a case until the case is closed.

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Furthermore, Putz said the Department had not closed the case and could not comment.

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Officers in legal action identify themselves as African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander American or mixed race.

They demand steps taken to overcome to ensure that discriminatory behavior never happens again at the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center as well as compensation for emotional distress and lost income, said Smith’s statement.

Smith said one of his clients was suspended amid Chauvin’s order and said he would not bring Chauvin to his unit, Smith said in the statement.

Another officer said the colored correctional officer was notified in the middle of responding to an emergency call that they would not be allowed to complete the emergency protocol until the white officers arrived, because it involved going to the fifth floor, Smith said.

“The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office separates hard-working employees whose color is far from famous prisoners simply because of their skin color,” Smith said in the statement. “Sorting out employees based on their race and color is very degrading and embarrassing, not to mention illegal. These correctional officers come to work every day to maintain the safety of our community and work decisions must be made based on their performance, not their skin color.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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