WATCH: NYPD Officer Calls Cop in George Floyd's Death His 'Enemy,' Says Other Officers Should Speak Out

Maya Rajamani
May 28, 2020 - 12:30 pm

Photo credit Detective Dmaine Freeland

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An NYPD detective posted a video urging his fellow officers to speak out about the death of George Floyd, calling the Minneapolis officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck his “enemy.” 

The NYPD officer, identified by the New York Post as Detective Dmaine Freeland, posted a video to his Facebook page on Wednesday saying he “felt compelled to say something, because I realized by saying nothing, that I am indeed saying something.”

While Freeland said he was not going to “apologize” for his career path, he noted that “although we wear the same uniform, and although we wear the same badge, and our job descriptions may be similar in many ways, me and every good cop in the department are different from that heinous act that has transpired in Minneapolis.” 

“I want to state that because of that heinous act, every cop is not a bad cop. In the beginning, in starting this career, we take an oath to serve and protect,” Freeland said. “I would like to say that that officer failed on both aspects. And because he failed he is not my friend, he is not my brother, but he is my enemy.”

“He is my enemy, not because of any race, creed or color, but he is my enemy because he has brought dishonor to the uniform and the badge,” he added. 

Bystanders on Monday filmed white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on 46-year-old Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes during an arrest, despite the fact that Floyd said he could not breathe, and stopped speaking and moving soon after.

Floyd, who was black, was pronounced dead on Monday night. Chauvin and three other officers involved in the arrest were fired, but hadn’t been charged in connection with Floyd’s death as of Thursday morning.

In his video, Freedland said he believed “that it’s time for every good cop to speak up.” 

“This uniform and this badge is supposed to be a beacon of light to those that are lost,” he said. “Citizens are supposed to feel safe when they see this badge and when they see this uniform.”

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