The world was shaken when the original footage of George Floyd's murder went viral. But now, a shocking story has emerged from the Greensboro Police Department in North Carolina...
Officer Williams spoke out about the death of Floyd in a recent TikTok video.
via: TikTokBut it seems to have had massive consequences for the police officer.
In the clip, he condemned the treatment of George Floyd.
via: TikTokAnd in doing so, got on the wrong side of his police department.
As a fellow officer...
via: TikTokIt seems fitting that he could talk about what procedure you should follow - and what the correct behavior is.
But, he has since given fans an update on his situation.
via: TikTokAnd people are shocked, to say the least. Their reason behind the decision is astonishing.
People are saying it proves that systematic racism is very much still rife.
via: GettyOn Monday, May 25th, George Floyd - a defenseless and unarmed Black man - was killed while in a police restraint.
George was arrested and forced to the ground...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...
via: TwitterAnd, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."
After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
George died unlawfully at the hands of these officers.
via: GettyThe independent autopsy confirmed that he had passed away as a result of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure." This pressure had cut off blood flow to his brain, the autopsy concluded.
This kind of unjust police brutality towards black men and women has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Things were quick to turn violent.
via: GettyProtesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It is a truly terrifying time...
via: GettyBut change needs to be done and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
And remarkably, they seem to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
But the attention kept turning back to the same thing...
via: GettyIn the days following the incident, there was an overwhelming demand for the 4 police officers involved - Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao - to face criminal charges for their actions.
The day after George's death, it was announced that all 4 officers had been fired.
via: GettyBut there was still no sign of any criminal charges.
Steadily, the anger began to build...
Apparently, at this moment, #DerekChauvin is hiding in his home trying to get food delivered. Imagine if a video of… https://t.co/gCCwFsS9Yy— Richard Marx (@Richard Marx)1590622294.0
The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, even called for the officers' arrest.
via: Getty“Why is the man who killed George Floyd, not in jail?" Frey asked during a press conference. "If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now, and I cannot come up with a good answer to that question."
However, 4 days after George's death, some justice was served.
via: GettyDerek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George's neck, was finally arrested.
Chauvin was taken into custody and was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.
via: GettyHis bond was set at $50,000 before he faced an upgraded charge of second-degree murder, according to Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar.
But what about the other officers?Let's not forget that, while Chauvin is the man primarily responsible for George's death, 3 other police officers - Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao - also played a significant role in the incident.
Chauvin may have been the one to kneel on his neck...But alternative footage from the incident shows that 2 other officers were actually kneeling on his back, while a 4th stood on and watched.
Next, we finally got the news we had all been waiting for.
via: GettyAs reported by the New York Times, it was announced that Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao were all been formally charged with aiding and abetting murder in the death of George Floyd.
None of the officers involved will be getting away with what they did to Floyd...
via: GettyAnd now, more than 2 months on, Chauvin has been officially charged with even more felonies.
Alongside his charge of second-degree murder...
via: GettyChauvin has now been charged with 9 felony counts of aiding and abetting tax fraud in Washington County, Minn, according to the Minnesota Reformer.
This has been going on for a very long time.
@webster When will people realize that Chauvin and others like him are anti social? They do what they want, when th… https://t.co/W59dW7U9rV— Matt, RN (@Matt, RN)1595449237.0
Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
@webster @jaredlholt It’s easy for me to throw stones but people like Chauvin think they are above the law even a l… https://t.co/iXQXAyBMSz— Democrats Were Right About This Years Ago (@Democrats Were Right About This Years Ago)1595445363.0
People aren't exactly surprised to hear about these additional charges...
@webster Funny how psychopathic killers often aren't good citizens. https://t.co/EtcsAMvxbX— Fascism flattened, but never the webrant🕺------🕺 (@Fascism flattened, but never the webrant🕺------🕺)1595450157.0
A TikTok recently went viral of a Black police officer condemning the treatment of George Floyd.
via: TikTokIn the viral video, Officer Williams addressed the situation using facts, stating: "Guy on the ground, he’s laying on his stomach, he has handcuffs on. There’s four of y’all, one of him. Who has control of the situation?"
He went on to point out that part of the job of law enforcement is to be a first responder.
via: TikTok"So, somebody’s saying ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’, you don’t think to yourself, ‘Oh my gosh, this guy can’t breathe, he might die’?"
The officer’s video quickly went viral online...
via: TikTokAnd now, Greensboro Police Department, where he worked in North Carolina, has reportedly fired him because they claim his video was a violation of department policy.
Williams took to TikTok again last week to update his followers.
via: TikTokHe revealed he had been on administrative leave for the past 2 months while the department did an investigation into his video.
Following the completion of the investigation...He was relieved of his duties, a move that made him "upset" and "confused."
After announcing the news online...
I can’t believe they fired Officer Williams a black officer who went viral on TikTok for speaking out against Georg… https://t.co/OhUEoBBtJs— Thick and Thired (@Thick and Thired)1597786230.0