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A Black Lives Matter protest at Taylor Park Millburn, New Jersey on Sunday. Photo: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

A corrections officer was suspended and a FedEx worker fired on Tuesday after they were identified in a video mocking the killing of George Floyd as peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters marched past in the unincorporated community of Franklinville in Franklin Township, Gloucester County. 

The big picture: The footage emerged on social media Monday, the day before the funeral and burial of Floyd, whose death in policy custody sparked widespread Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S. and around the world.

  • In the video, several white men are gathered beside a pick-up truck displaying a U.S. flag and a pro-Trump sign. An "All Lives Matter" sign is nearby.
  • One of them kneels on the neck of another and shouts at protesters, "If you don't comply, that's what happens."

What they're saying: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called the actions of the men "repugnant," while the mayor and police chief of Franklin Township said in a joint statement they were "appalled and saddened" by the incident, per the New York Times.

  • The New Jersey Department of Corrections posted a statement to Twitter saying, "We have been made aware 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 tweeted, "[W]e do not tolerate the kind of appalling and offensive behavior depicted in this video. The individual involved is no longer employed by FedEx."

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Trump says Black Lives Matter is "discriminatory" and "bad for Black people"

President Trump during a news conference at the White House on Monday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump again denounced Black Lives Matter as a "Marxist organization" and said it was "discriminatory" during an interview with Fox News that aired Monday night.

What he's saying: "The first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, I said, 'That’s a terrible name.' It's so discriminatory," Trump told Fox News' Laura Ingraham. "It's bad for Black people. It's bad for everybody."

In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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