In a video posted to Reddit on Sunday, an individual in a “Make America Great Again” hat defended former police officer Derek Chauvin for kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. “They should have done it longer,” the man says.
In the 25-second video, the individual wears a sweater that states “Legal Votes Matter” and a “Trump 2020” visor. He says of Floyd, “If he had behaved from the get go and not tried to pass false money, he’d still be alive today. It’s not that hard to behave.”
On May 25, a convenience store clerk called police on Floyd after suspecting he had used a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase cigarettes. Four police officers, including Chauvin, responded to the call that resulted in Floyd’s death.
The individual filming the video says, “So, you’re OK with Derek Chauvin’s knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on his neck?” The President Donald Trump supporter replies, “They should have done it longer.”
Video recorded at the May 25 incident showed Floyd telling Chauvin “I can’t breathe” as the officer kneeled on his neck. The statement became a rallying cry after Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
In response to the man’s comment about Chauvin, one Twitter user commented, “So he thinks passing bad money should be a death sentence.”
Chauvin faces a charge of second-degree unintentional murder and a charge of second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death, according to CNN. Chauvin was released on a $1 million bond in October.
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*First Published: Nov 16, 2020, 11:29 am
Samantha Shaps is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin and a contributor for the Daily Dot.