African-American Mississippi Prison Guards Claim Discrimination

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Jackson TV station is reporting that support for a walk-out of African-American prison guards is growing. Officers from various Mississippi Department of Correction Facilities told WLBT-TV stories, describing the harsh penalties for on-the-job infractions they claim are happening to them but not their white co-workers. MDOC Supervisor, Larry Grimes said he was accused of being seen on camera beating an inmate he escorted to a holding tank and told to go home and not come back, without any paperwork being filed. Others described being patted down and searched upon arriving at work, whereas others are not. MDOC sent a written statement to the station saying the administration does not condone the mistreatment of staff regardless of rank, gender or race. If a walkout does occur, the state has the option of calling in the Mississippi National Guard could to run some prison facilities during that time.


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