Culture of Racism: Beaufort County Sheriff's Department

Welcome back to the 1950's:

According to the lawsuit, Franks, who served in the U.S. Army for four years, began working for the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in July 2015. Beaufort County is on the North Carolina coast, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) east of Raleigh. In November 2016, Franks said he was in a "deputy room" when Ragland pointed his loaded service weapon at his head for approximately 15 seconds and said "What's up (N-word)?"

Every time Ragland pointed his weapon at Franks, the lawsuit said, Ragland used the racial slur. Also, Ragland often referred to Franks as "monkey boy" and described his hair as "rhino lining" because of its color and texture.

And in case you're wondering if this is a he said/he said incident, another deputy got in trouble for reporting the harassment:

Dominic Franks was subjected to what the lawsuit said was "unwarranted ... disciplinary action" leading up to his resignation in February 2017. Those actions included 13 straight work hours at a hospital in Greenville without relief and facing travel restrictions while on duty without an opportunity to get relief or food. Even after his departure, Franks said he was harassed by Ragland and other members of the department, and suffered retaliation after filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and compensatory damages.

Last week, former Beaufort County Deputy Michael Sheppard filed a complaint saying the defendants retaliated against him with termination for filing an EEOC complaint after he witnessed the incidents involving Franks.

Honestly, these guys should not have to resort to civil litigation. This is straight-up SBI business, and that probe needs to begin asap.

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