Racial Hostility At Work

1 decade 8 months 1 day ago Friday, October 19 2007 Oct 19, 2007 Friday, October 19, 2007 4:26:25 AM CDT October 19, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two black sheriff's deputies say racial hostility at work has been evident for years. But when they discovered a hangman's noose in the basement of the downtown Civil Courts building, left by three co-workers, the two deputies say they felt compelled to act. Sheriff's deputies William Hill and Jacques Hughes filed suit today in state court in St. Louis. They allege that their boss, James Murphy, the publicly elected sheriff of St. Louis, failed to take sufficient corrective action despite their verbal and written complaints to him. Murphy's assistant, Deputy Mike Guzy, said the incident was "an innocent, although ill-advised prank," and that a "white guy" was the intended butt of the joke. He said the three deputies, including a black female, assured Murphy it was not malicious or racist.

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