A Georgia State Trooper utilized his day off to provide security for Black Lives Matter protesters, but drew both scrutiny and praise for refusing to kneel to them.
His reasoning? He only kneels to God.
O’Neal Saddler, a member of Georgia’s elite State Police force (which is known for its gruelling academy, adherence to professionalism and strict uniform standards), reportedly cancelled weekend plans with his wife to ensure the protesters were safe during a recent event.
“I was supposed to be out of town this weekend with my wife,” he said. “I took off today.”
When asked why he would not kneel before the protesters, who often see the submissive gesture as something of an homage, Trooper Saddler was politely blunt and countered their claim that he was not showing the proper “respect.”
“Don’t go there with ‘respect,’” he said. “I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person.”
Suddenly, a member of the crowd put two and two together.
“And that’s God,” the person said.
Trooper Saddler nodded his head.
“God,” he replied.
Other members of the crowd were not so happy with the reverent response, and began complaining as the video -which was shared by Ryan Fournier on Twitter- cut off.
“This is Georgia State Trooper O’Neal Saddler,” Fournier wrote on June 7. “He was asked to kneel today, and this was his response. God Bless him!”
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