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President Biden’s choice to lead Customs and Border Protection (CBP) once faced allegations that he discriminated against black officers and made racist jokes at work – claims that were eventually dismissed by a jury Gaya and was described as “completely bogus” by the nominees.

The lawsuit, which covered claims from 2006 and 2007 and was eventually dismissed by a jury in 2012, may prove to be an issue for Chris Magnus at a time when Democrats and even Some Biden administration officials are also seeking to drum up charges. Racism against the Border Patrol – which CBP looks into.


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2007 lawsuit The lawsuit, filed by Seven Black cops in Richmond, Calif., where Magnus was the police chief at the time, alleged that officers were stopped from proceeding and that Magnus made racist jokes. jury sided With the police department and Magnus denies the claims against him. Claims continued in subsequent federal lawsuits, which included new charges.

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According to wed news, Magnus was accused of asking a black officer to depict a coworker in leather shoes and to crack a whip when he called the “dancing jigaboo dance”.

He is also said to have asked if Juneteenth was a “holiday to shoot people”. According to the Mercury News, Magnus acknowledged that he had made the remarks, but claimed that the command staff was talking about how to prepare for the holiday, which often resulted in vandalism and shootings – said Magnus was not aware of the importance of the holiday when he made the comment.

He was also accused of joking with a black officer who offered him a ride to work that it would be “exactly like ‘Driving Miss Daisy'”—about a white woman and her black driver. in a film.

The lawsuit also alleges that it changed the process of screening applicants at the Bureau of Investigation to deter black applicants. Meanwhile, a presentation by Magnus on racial issues in the department is said to have turned confrontational and critical of his leadership.

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Magnus told court that he lost his temper at one point and told the staff “‘I’m going to make your life a living hell,” according to Richmond Confidential.

The jury eventually dismissed the trial, and in a recent interview new York Times, Magnus called the claims “completely bogus” and linked it to being a gay man.

“Even at that time there were people who felt I was an easy target because I was a gay man,” he said. “It’s not the first time in my career that I’ve experienced it.”

In 2014, two years after the lawsuit was dismissed, Magnus courted controversy when he was depicted with a Black Lives Matter sign.

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Magnus was in front of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday for his confirmation hearing, and was asked a slew of questions — including images of Border Patrol agents riding Haitian migrants on horseback, which Democrats said they should. found unacceptable.

The images initially attracted false claims, including from the White House, that agents whipped migrants. But agents and other officers have noted that agents were using their reins to control the horses. However, the claims are under investigation and Democrats and Biden officials have linked the images to American history of slavery and racism as the Haitian diaspora being black.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Meyercas said the images “painfully portrayed the worst elements of our country’s ongoing fight against systemic racism.”

On Tuesday, Magnus described the images as “disturbing” and said that conclusions should not be drawn until the investigation is complete. He didn’t say what it was about the images that were bothering him.