A sheriff in Flint, Michigan took off his riot gear to make a statement to a large group of protestors and now he is being celebrated online for demonstrating the tolerance and unity we most need right now.
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson shouted out to the crowd: “The only reason we’re here is to make sure you gotta voice — that’s it.”
After applause and affirmations from the crowd, they chanted “walk with us!” and so they did. Officers and protestors walked in opposition to the brutal murder of George Floyd and countless other Black Americans who have died because of racist ideologies and systems.
“This is historic. The whole damn city is out here,” said Franklin, a lifelong Flint resident. “Man, look at this. This is bigger than any one of us. This is for Ahmaud Arbery. This is for Breonna [Taylor]. This is for George Floyd. This is for anyone who was ever silenced. This is for all of us.”
He continued: “We just wanted to be heard. We wanted to have a conversation … and after today, I know we’ve been heard.”
[VIDEO] ‘I Was 5 Feet Away!’: Teen Who Recorded George Floyd’s Death Says She’s Traumatized
Darnella Frazier, 17, said she’s received hate online and is traumatized since she recorded the graphic murder of George Floyd while he was being arrested.
In an interview with TMZ, Frazier said she is “utterly traumatized” after the event. She also said she’s received tons of nasty comments about the recording. Some insisting she was recording for clout. While others said she should have stepped while Floyd was in distress.
Frazier took to her Facebook and shared that she is a minor who was incredibly afraid during the incident as well.
“Of course I’m not about the fight off a cop, I’m scared,” she explained in her Facebook post. “Fighting would’ve got someone else killed or in the same position George was in!”
It’s also clear from the video footage captured by the high-school student that several others can be heard screaming at the cops that Floyd cannot breathe.
“If it wasn’t for me, four cops wouldn’t still had their jobs,” said Frazier.