A Georgia State Patrol Trooper has found himself on the viral end of a short video clip that was posted to social media of his interactions with a group of protesters.
The protesters tried to get the trooper, who is black, to join their protest, kneeling to protest police brutality. However, the trooper declined, saying he only kneels for one person.
The Trooper, identified as O’Neal Saddler, said the following to protesters who asked him to join.
Saddler: ‘I took off this weekend, today, but I’m out here to make sure you are all safe.
Saddler: ‘Don’t go there with respect.
Saddler: ‘I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person.’
Protester: ‘And that’s God’.
Here is video of the interaction.
George Floyd was killed while handcuffed in police custody on May 25th in Minneapolis. Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who can be seen in videos with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck has been arrested and charged with 3rd degree murder. The other three officers who were involved in the arrest have not yet been charged.
The killing has sparked widespread, nationwide protests, which in many instances have, at times, turned into rioting, looting, and property destruction. Hundreds of people have been arrested and injured. One federal law enforcement officer has been killed along with several civilians and numerous injuries among officers and protesters.
The National Guard has been deployed in several states in an effort to keep the peace.
Many state and local leaders have accused outside provocateurs of hijacking protests and turning them violent for their own reasons. Among the groups accused of doing this are ANTIFA, alt-right groups, and white supremacy groups.