A black Georgia state trooper — confronted by protesters over why he wasn’t kneeling in solidarity with them at a weekend rally — mentioned there’s only one particular person he takes a knee for.
“God,” Officer O’Neal Saddler mentioned in an change caught on video.
The Black Lives Matter marchers have been at a rally in Hartwell, northeast of Athens, on Sunday after they challenged the cop, who responded that he had postponed trip to assist attempt to preserve the peace amid protests sparked by the police-brutality demise of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“If I didn’t have any respect, I wouldn’t [be here],” Saddler instructed the protesters.
“I used to be speculated to be out of city this weekend with my spouse. I took off as we speak, this weekend, however I’m out right here to verify y’all are protected.
“Don’t go there with respect, OK?” the state trooper added. “I’ve a lot respect, however I only kneel for one particular person.”
When somebody mentioned, “And that’s God,” the officer nodded and responded, “God.”
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died Might 25 by the hands of a white cop, who kneeled on his neck for almost 9 minutes whereas three different officers stood by — a stunning incident caught on video that has sparked international outrage.
Sadler wrote on his Fb web page Might 30, “Individuals calling and texting about feedback bout regulation enforcement final night time. Let me be very clear. Protesting for proper is at all times nice and welcome.
“However looting and performing a idiot for those who assume that’s justice please delete me even when we’re shut kin. I’ve a lovely household and sufficient shut associates to maintain on in life.
“Because of all of the women and men it’s important to take care of ppl who assume destroying issues are justice. Please know the distinction of excellent 👮🏿♀️ and unhealthy 👮🏿♀️. Please keep in mind a foul cop did all this, however i suppose we forgot somebody misplaced a life.”