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Carver County Severs Scream Town Contract Amid Controversy

Posted On: Oct 11, 2018   |   Posted By: CBS

Carver County Severs Scream Town Contract Amid Controversy

MINNEAPOLIS - Carver County has terminated its contract with Scream Town after the Halloween attraction's owner sent a private memo to employees calling for a “zero tolerance policy with Somalis.”
The county says Scream Town owner Matt Dunn violated terms of the contract between the attraction and the Carver County Sheriff's Office. In the employee memo, which was sent to Scream Town staff through Facebook, Dunn said, “Note that we are having a zero tolerance policy with Somalis. (Other guests, you make your best judgment call) But absolutely zero tolerance with Somalis.”
Dunn later apologized for the note , calling it “poorly written.”
County Administrator David Hemze said Dunn's note was not ambiguous in its meaning.
“We hold equal treatment of all people among our highest principles,” Hemze said. “Mr. Dunn's comments discriminated against one group based on their national origin. There is no ambiguity to Mr. Dunn's comments. Mr. Dunn encouraged his employees to racially profile a targeted group and...

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