Two men face disciplinary action after they were linked to a viral video that mocks the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died after his neck was pinned to the ground by white police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee.
In the video, a white man kneels on the neck of another man in what many believe is an irreverent reenactment of Floyd’s death. The same man, who is surrounded by a “Trump” banner and an “All Lives Matter” sign, also yells at protesters who chant Floyd’s name.
Just would like to speak about how disgusting, racist and evil people can genuinely be. Couple of Franklinville trump supporters mocking the tragedy of George Floyd. Twitter, do your thing please. This is unacceptable and disturbing pic.twitter.com/rgX37UuUEX— Lexi Fagotti (@lexifagotti) June 8, 2020
According to Facebook user Sabrina Thompson Mitchell, the man who reenacts Floyd’s death has reportedly been identified as “Jim DeMarco of Franklinville, New Jersey” who “works at FedEx.” Mitchell says the man who “stood next to [Jim DeMarco] yelling hate speech & slurs” is reportedly Jim’s brother Joe DeMarco, who “works as a corrections officer.”
After Robert Littal of Black Sports Online tweeted the story on Tuesday, which included a link to an article featuring Mitchell’s Facebook post, FedEx responded, confirming that the man is an employee but has since been fired.
“FedEx holds its team members to a high standard of personal conduct, and we do not tolerate the kind of appalling and offensive behavior depicted in this video,” the company wrote. “The individual involved is no longer employed by FedEx. We stand with those who support justice and equality.”
FedEx holds its team members to a high standard of personal conduct, and we do not tolerate the kind of appalling and offensive behavior depicted in this video. The individual involved is no longer employed by FedEx. We stand with those who support justice and equality.— FedEx (@FedEx) June 9, 2020
That same day, the New Jersey Department of Corrections posted a statement on its Facebook page confirming that one of their officers was in the video but has since been suspended.
“We have been made aware that one of our officers participated in the filming of a hateful and disappointing video that mocked the killing of George Floyd,” they wrote. “The individual has been suspended from their post and banned from NJDOC facilities pending a thorough and expedited investigation.”
NJDOC spokeswoman Liz Velez also confirmed late Tuesday this the officer is a “senior corrections police officer” who was hired in March 2002, worked at the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility in Bordentown until January 2019, and currently works at the Bayside Correctional Facility in Maurice River Township.