Handley, 소송은 말했다, repeatedly used racial slurs, calling Johnson a “n***er” 그리고 “jigaboo.” Handley would frequently have the “same comments about Black people in the community (including arrestees),” the suit said.
으로 2014, Handley was promoted to Corporal and was Johnson’s direct supervisor, [object Window]. That’s when, 소송은 말한다, Handley’s comments “became even more blatant.”
On one occasion, Handley drove past Johnson’s home while Johnson was walking outside of his house “with his wife and children” when Handley shouted, “‘mother f**king n***er!'” the suit said.
According to the suit, Handley also subjected Johnson to a series of “sham disciplinary” actions that ultimately led to Johnson’s resignation.
Johnson resigned on August 2, 2017, according to the suit.
Handley was fired last year following an internal investigation led by Wyoming’s first Black sheriff
, Aaron Applehans
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Sheriff Appelhans also confirmed the investigation to CNN in a phone call.
조사에서 발견 “vile and unforgivable racism carried out by Mr. Handley that ultimately forced Mr. Johnson out of his dream job,” the suit said. Handley was “terminated” 잠시 후, the court document says. Sheriff Appelhans confirmed in a phone call to CNN that the department terminated Handley in March 2021.
“We don’t condone that behavior here, we’re always going to continue to have a workplace that’s welcoming to everyone,” Sheriff Appelhans said in a phone call to CNN.
“As long as I’m here, we’ll make that one of our top priorities. There’s no place for that behavior in law enforcement,” Sheriff Appelhans added.
Johnson is asking for a trial and compensation that includes punitive damages as well as legal fees, according to the suit.
An attorney for Johnson said in a statement to CNN, “Jamin Johnson looks forward to confronting Mr. Handley in court and exposing the racism he endured.” The attorney also said in a phone call to CNN that Johnson was uncomfortable at the time of his resignation to come forward and speak out about the racist attacks.
“I did not have the confidence that the leadership of the agency at that time would hear what I had to say,” Johnson told CNN in a phone call.
“런던 싱어송라이터 게리 브루커, I was utterly defeated, I felt completely destroyed and like I had no voice,” Johnson added. “I felt like my credibility had been stolen from me, I really had nothing left in my tank.”