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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Officials announced charges Tuesday to remove a South Jersey corrections officer involved in a video mocking the death of George Floyd during a protest earlier this month in the township.

The officer, whose identity has not been released by officials, worked at Bayside State Prison in Maurice River Township and participated in filming the video, according to officials.

The officer, who had been an employee with the DOC since March 2002, was suspended after officials saw videos of the protest circulating on social media.

“Removal charges have been served on the DOC officer involved in the video mocking the killing of George Floyd,” according to a post on the state Department of Correction’s Facebook page. “The officer was placed on non-pay status pending a due process hearing as part of the regular procedure for government unionized employees.”

A video circulating on social media from the June 8 protest shows a man kneeling on the back of another’s neck in the way Floyd was handled by Minneapolis police. It was part of a counterprotest with a Trump campaign banner, several American flags and a variation known as the “thin blue line” flag, and a sign that reads “All Lives Matter.”

In a video shared on Instagram, the man kneeling is seen yelling at the protesters as they pass.

Floyd died during his May 25 arrest. Derek Chauvin, a white police officer with the city, has since been fired from the department and has been charged with second-degree murder in Floyd’s death. Three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin.

In a joint statement released earlier this month, Franklin Township Mayor John Bruno, the governing body and police Chief Brian Zimmer said they were “appalled and saddened by the revolting actions of certain individuals” after the peaceful march.

“This is not who we are as a community,” read the statement, posted to the Police Department’s Facebook page. “We support the goal of this march, which is to spread awareness and to ensure a better future for all of us. Without an understanding and mutual respect for all individuals, we can never aspire to create a united community based upon the idea of human respect and dignity for all.”

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Contact: 609-272-7241 mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Contact: 609-272-7241

mbilinski@pressofac.com

Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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