Video Released With Georgia State Trooper Telling Black Lives Matter Protesters He Only Kneels For God

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Video Released With Georgia State Trooper Telling Protesters He Only Kneels For God

A video has gone viral of a black police officer in Georgia refusing to ‘take a knee’ while on duty at the protests over the killing of George Floyd.


Taking a knee has become the symbol of the movement, whereby individuals show respect, and protest, by kneeling. The imagery is highly symbolic for two reasons. One, it was due to police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck that caused his death and, two, NFL star Colin Kaepernick had famously ‘taken a knee’ during the national anthem over previous killings of black people by US law enforcement. The gesture has now been repeated at every protest across the US and in countries around the world, in many cases police officers have joined in this gesture of solidarity.


The police officer in this video however, taken in Hartwell, Georgia, refuses to take a knee stating that he only kneels before one person – God.


State trooper O’Neal Saddler says in the video:
“If I didn’t have any respect, I wouldn’t [be here] … 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.”


When he is asked by a demonstrator why he is refusing to take the knee he said:
“Don’t go there with respect, OK? I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person.”
The demonstrator then asks:
“God?”
Which the state trooper confirms.



The officer received mostly positive responses to the video with one twitter user – ‘Nic’ saying:
‘We’re Americans. Kneeling is not in our culture’.



Protests continue across the world in response to the killing and against racism in general. In Bristol, UK, a statue of a former slave trader was pulled down and then thrown into a nearby river, to cheers from the crowd.




Similar scenes in Belgium have resulted in the removal of a statue of King Leopold II, who oversaw the deaths of as many as 10 million people in the Congo during Belgium’s colonial rule over the country.


Meanwhile, at Oxford University, protestors have gathered to demand the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, a 19th century imperialist who plundered Africa.

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