A Black Disney production worker is suing the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for at least $20 million (£15.2 million) for alleged racial profiling.
rnest Simon Jr, 31, who is working as a producer on the popular American show Grey’s Anatomy, said he was racially profiled by officers last March.
Attorneys say LAPD employees made an “unwarranted, unreasonable and illegal” stop at Simon’s workplace with “negligence and recklessness” over rights your.
Court documents obtained by the PA news agency said Simon was forced to “scattered with eagles on an asphalt lot” for more than 20 minutes by multiple LAPD officers.
“March 18, 2021 starts off as a typical working day for Mr Simon, who is working as a driver for the popular TV show Grey’s Anatomy as an employee of the General Entertainment Department. of The Walt Disney Company (“DGE”),” the document states.
The LAPD has a long and notorious history of racism against African-Americans like Mr. Simon.Attorney for Ernest Simon Jr
“However, his normal workday took a drastic turn after Simon – a 31-year-old African-American man – was targeted by LAPD officers, who were without any evidence. for any legal reason, starting a racially motivated “high-risk” traffic stops.”
The incident caused Mr. Simon to “legitimately (and understandably) fear that he would be shot at work in front of co-workers for simply being a Black man in the wrong neighborhood, ” the documents said.
The lawyers argued it was an example of racial profiling and noted the “long and notorious history of racial discrimination against African-Americans like Mr. Simon.”
They added that despite investigating officers’ misconduct for a year, the LAPD had not taken any “meaningful action” to hold its officers accountable or provide Mr. Simon “even justice”.
Mr. Simon is seeking damages “not less than $20 million” and has asked a jury to hear it.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/black-disney-production-employee-sues-lapd-for-152m-for-racial-profiling-41460175.html Black Disney production staff sue LAPD for £15.2 million over racist background