#‘Hateful’ white men mock George Floyd’s death at NJ protests

#‘Hateful’ white men mock George Floyd’s death at NJ protests

June 10, 2020 | 10:10am | Updated June 10, 2020 | 10:45am

A New Jersey corrections officer was among those in a “hateful” group of white men who mocked the knee-on-the-neck police-custody death of George Floyd as protesters marched past, according to officials.

Viral video shows a man pretending to kneel on the neck of another lying prone on the ground as they shout at Black Lives Matter protesters marching through Franklin Township, NJ, on Monday.

Others stood next to them in the yard of the property adorned with a “thin blue line” flag — showing support for law enforcement — as well as a large “All Lives Matter” sign.

At least one yelled, “If you don’t comply, this is what happens,” further mocking the death of Floyd, 46, who was pinned by a cop with a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes as he sobbed, “I can’t breathe.”

“It automatically brought me to tears,” march organizer Daryan Fennal told NBC10 of the group’s sick stunt, saying it proved “racism is real, racism is alive, [and] it’s right next door to you.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called the incident “repugnant,” and wrote on Twitter, “I condemn this behavior in the strongest terms possible.”

Police Chief Brian Zimmer and Mayor John Bruno said in a joint statement that they were “appalled and saddened by the revolting actions,” adding, “This is not who we are as a Community.”

The New Jersey Department of Corrections confirmed Tuesday that one of its officers was involved in the “hateful and disappointing video that mocked the killing of George Floyd.”

“The individual has been suspended from their post and banned from NJDOC facilities pending a thorough and expedited investigation,” the statement said. It did not identify him or say which member of the group he was.

An officer since 2002, he worked at the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility in Bordentown before his current job at Bayside Correctional Facility in Maurice River Township, the Courier Post revealed.

An officer named Joseph DiMarco matched the dates, the paper said — the same surname as a FedEx employee who was fired for the stunt, sources told TMZ.

“We do not tolerate the kind of appalling and offensive behavior depicted in this video. The individual involved is no longer employed by FedEx,” the firm said on Twitter, without confirming the employee’s name.

“We stand with those who support justice and equality.”

NBC10 said it called multiple phone numbers listed for the property without response.

Three teens were previously arrested in the UK for a possible hate crime for mocking Floyd’s death in a similar fashion, while social media companies have cracked down on similar posts.


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