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A Protester Knelt Down And Told Police He Loves And Respects Them. They Threw Him In Jail.


A Protester Knelt Down And Told Police He Loves And Respects Them. They Threw Him In Jail.

Givionne “Gee” Jordan Jr. knelt down before at least a dozen police officers at a greenspace in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday, and in an emotional plea, he told the baton-wielding cops that he “loved them” and explained that he was “not their enemy.”

Then moments later, two officers placed handcuffs on him and sent him to jail.

“We are all people. All of you are my family,” Jordan can be seen and heard pleading with the officers in a now-viral video.

“I love each and every one of you. I cry at night because I feel your pain. … I feel the pain of black people. I feel the pain of white people. I feel the pain of innocent cops. We’re all scared,” he cried. “We gotta stop living in fear. I am not your enemy. You are not my enemy.”

As he continued to speak, other protesters knelt beside him, placing their hands on Jordan’s back and shoulders in solidarity.

The cops appeared to continue clutching their batons, even as Jordan said, “I love you and I respect you.”

“I want to understand all of you,” he said. “I would love to see the best side of everybody here. This is not the best side of everybody here. … Then you can take the whole perspective of how you do someone, because of their side, because of how you see them in a different light.”

“We gotta stop judging people only on our bad days. We all have them to some degree. How are you on your good days?” he pleaded. “Do you want to make a stand? Do you want to make a change? Because if we charge you and you charge us, what is that really doing?”

Then, a group of officers walk up to him and place him under arrest.

In a video of the incident, it appears as though the police single out Jordan for the arrest, reports CBS News.

In an interview with local newspaper The Post and Courier, Jordan said he wanted the roughly 200 people to kneel in front of the cops to show them that “we are no threat.”

Jordan, who was among dozens arrested over the weekend to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, had spent the morning volunteering, sweeping the streets of downtown Charleston, and helping business owners board up their stores.

The area he was helping clean was vandalized by looters the night prior.

“My plan was to get all the people beside me, kneeling behind me, kneeling with me,” he told the newspaper. “Showing the cops that we are no threat. We are no threat at all. We just want to make the world better.”

According to the Charleston Police Department arrest record, Jordan was arrested for “disobeying lawful order.” He was released from jail the following morning on $465 bond, and has a court date scheduled for June 16.

Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds has defended the arrest, saying that the protest was tense and the crowd had been ordered to break up.

“We specifically asked for them, numerous times, to disperse,” he told The Post and Courier. “We said if you don’t you will be arrested.”

Jordan told CBS affiliate WCSC-TV that he was at Marion Square to stand up for a promise to make things better and work together.

“This is how we change. This is how we move the needle,” he said. “This is how we have a better future not only for ourselves but for our kids and their kids. This is how we do it. We unite as one, because at the end of the day, I got to walk the same trail you walk.”


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