Franklin Township, New Jersey — A corrections officer who participated in a counter-protest through which the death of George Floyd was re-enacted was suspended Tuesday after movies of the counter-demonstration had been broadly shared on social media. A FedEx worker who additionally took half was fired.
Their roles within the counter-protest weren’t instantly clear.
Movies present protesters marching alongside a road in Franklin Township Monday chanting “George Floyd!” and “Black Lives Matter!” They’re being escorted by native police.
They cross a roadside non-public property full of firewood on the market. Video filmed by one of many marchers exhibits a person kneeling on the neck of one other man shouting again on the protesters. They shout again.
Two extra males are standing proper there. One is filming on a cellphone. The group is in entrance of a pickup truck outfitted with an American flag and Trump banner. A number of different individuals are close by. An “All Lives Matter” signal can also be hanging. One other truck exhibits the “skinny blue line” flag, meant to point out assist for legislation enforcement staff.
The movies have garnered tens of hundreds of views and shares on social media.
Floyd, a black man, was pinned to the pavement Might 25 by a white Minneapolis police officer who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for a number of minutes, even after Floyd stopped responding. Protests have been held in cities and cities around the globe calling for an finish to police brutality and systemic racism.
The New Jersey Division of Corrections put out an announcement saying it was made conscious that one in all its officers participated within the filming of a “hateful and disappointing video that mocked the killing of George Floyd.”
“The person has been suspended from their submit and banned from NJDOC amenities pending a radical and expedited investigation,” the assertion mentioned.
One other particular person within the video was a FedEx worker who has since been fired, the corporate mentioned.
“We don’t tolerate the type of appalling and offensive habits depicted on this video. The person concerned is now not employed by FedEx. We stand with those that assist justice and equality,” FedEx mentioned.
An announcement from Police Chief Brian Zimmer and Mayor John Bruno mentioned they had been “appalled and saddened by the revolting actions of sure people.”
Governor Phil Murphy condemned the stunt Tuesday night time on Twitter, saying the state will not “let the actions of some distract from our progress towards dismantling systemic racism.”
“Mocking George Floyd’s homicide in effort to belittle the requires justice from our Black and Brown communities is repugnant,” Murphy tweeted.