‘I Only Kneel for God’: Georgia Trooper Refuses to Kneel for BLM

Published June 9th, 2020 - 10:28 GMT
Protesters hold up signs during a "Black Lives Matter" protest in front of Borough Hall on June 8, 2020 in New York City. On May 25, 2020, Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.  Angela Weiss / AFP
Protesters hold up signs during a "Black Lives Matter" protest in front of Borough Hall on June 8, 2020 in New York City. On May 25, 2020, Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. Angela Weiss / AFP
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O'Neal Saddler was filmed speaking with demonstrators at the rally in Hartwell.

A state trooper from Georgia refused to kneel during a Black Lives Matter protest in Georgia, telling demonstrators he does that only for God.  

Video footage has emerged of O'Neal Saddler, who cancelled his plans to help keep protesters safe, at the rally in Hartwell. 

Addressing a group of demonstrators, Saddler says: 'I'm supposed to be out of town this weekend with my wife. 

'I took off this weekend, today, but I'm out here to make sure you are all safe. 

'Don't go there with respect. 

'I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person.'

Someone in the crowd interrupts: 'And that's God'. 

The trooper nods and confirms, 'God'.  


The officer, dressed in blue uniform with his state trooper patrol badge clearly visible on his shirt cuff, turns and strides away from the demonstrators.  

Law enforcement officers and officials have been videoed across the globe kneeling in solidarity with demonstrators demanding justice for 46-year-old George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in Minneapolis two weeks ago.

Derek Chauvin, who has since been fired from the department and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck for nine minutes as he begged for his mother and gasped 'I can't breathe'. 

Three other officers involved have been fired and charged with aiding and abetting murder. 

Mr Floyd's death sparked outrage and global demonstration that have raged for more than two weeks.  

The clip of Mr Saddler's refusal to kneel was shared online by Ryan Fournier, founder and co-chairman of Students for Trump.  

Some social media users slammed Mr Saddler's refusal to kneel, prompting the trooper to post a message on Facebook.

He shared one such criticism and said: 'Please stop, racism has to start somewhere. 

'I haven't done any more or less than anyone.'

In apparent reference to Derek Chauvin, Saddler said: 'the actions of bad officers don't make me or other good officers bad'.   

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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