“#Georgia state trooper tells protesters he only kneels for God in viral video”
June 9, 2020 | 11:44am | Updated June 9, 2020 | 12:00pm
“God,” Officer O’Neal Saddler said in an exchange caught on video.
The Black Lives Matter marchers were at a rally in Hartwell, northeast of Athens, on Sunday when they challenged the cop, who responded that he had postponed vacation to help try to keep the peace amid protests sparked by the police-brutality death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“If I didn’t have any respect, I wouldn’t [be here],” Saddler told the protesters.
“I was supposed to be out of town this weekend with my wife. I took off today, this weekend, but I’m out here to make sure y’all are safe.
“Don’t go there with respect, OK?” the state trooper added. “I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person.”
When someone said, “And that’s God” the officer nodded and responded, “God.”
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died May 25 at the hands of a white cop, who knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes while three other officers stood by — a shocking incident caught on video and which has sparked global outrage.
Sadler wrote on his Facebook page May 30, “People calling and texting about comments bout law enforcement last night. Let me be very clear. Protesting for right is always great and welcome.
“But looting and acting a fool if you think that’s justice please delete me even if we are close kin. I have a beautiful family and enough close friends to keep on in life.
“Thanks to all the men and women you have to deal with ppl who think destroying things are justice. Please know the difference of good ??♀️ and bad ??♀️. Please remember a bad cop did all this, but i guess we forgot someone lost a life.”
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