Joe and Jim DeMarco are two white brothers who were involved in a reenactment of the death of George Floyd in Franklinville, New Jersey, on Sunday evening, while a peaceful protest marched by, according to Fox 29 Philadelphia. The incident was recorded by many of the protestors, who displayed their shock and disgust at the reenactment.
The two men in the viral video were identified on Monday. The other white men and women standing near them in front of a truck with a Trump flag have not yet been identified.
Less than a day after the video went viral, Joe DeMarco was suspended from his job as a corrections officer at a New Jersey facility pending a full investigation of the incident. Jim DeMarco works for FedEx and was fired Tuesday, according to Newsweek.
Newsweek reported that Jim DeMarco kneeled on his brother Joe’s neck in the video.
Floyd was killed in May when now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes. Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe and called for his mother, but Chauvin did not change his position. Floyd’s death has sparked global outrage. Millions of people across the world have participated in protests, marching in his name. Many are even calling for sweeping reforms to police training and funding.
Here’s what you need to know:
WATCH: 2 White Men Reenact the Death of George Floyd: ‘He’s Dead Because He Didn’t Comply’
The video above shows Jim DeMarco as he reenacts Floyd’s death, kneeling on Joe DeMarco’s neck in the same way Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck. The other white people standing on the property were shouting all the while at the protestors who passed.
At one point, one of the brothers said, “This is what happens, this is what happens, comply with the cops, comply with the cops. He’s dead because he didn’t comply.”
Here’s another video from a different angle:
Several other white men and women stood next to the two men doing the reenactment. They had an “ALL LIVES MATTER” poster, as well as a Trump banner on the back of their pickup truck.
Many Twitter users have stated that the property where the group of Trump supporters were standing belongs to one of the DeMarco brothers, and that this brother sells lumber or firewood on the property. This has not been confirmed, but you can see large pieces of reclaimed wood for sale by the fence in each of the videos, each marked with a price tag.
Joe DeMarco Has Been Suspended From His Job at a New Jersey Correctional Facility Pending an Investigation; Jim Has Been Fired by FedEx
On Tuesday evening, the New Jersey Department of Corrections posted a statement addressing the behavior of their employee, without naming Joe DeMarco.
The statement reads:
We have been made aware that one of our officers participated in the filming of a hateful and disappointing video that mocked the killing of George Floyd. The individual has been suspended from their post and banned from NJDOC facilities pending a thorough and expedited investigation.
FedEx also issued a statement Tuesday to Newsweek. Without naming Jim DeMarco as the employee in question, the company said the video was “appalling and offensive.” The statement said:
FedEx holds its team members to a high standard of personal conduct, and we do not tolerate the kind of appalling and offensive behavior depicted in this video. The individual involved is no longer employed by FedEx. A diverse and inclusive workforce is at the heart of our business, and we stand with those who support justice and equality.
Local leaders weighed in, with a joint statement from Franklin Township Mayor Jake Bruno and Police Chief Brian Zimmer saying: “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.”