Two high-ranking staff at a Toyota car plant in Indiana, USA have been fired after a video that appear to mock George Floyd’s death was made public.
Patrick Talley, a supervisor at Toyota in Indiana is seen kneeling on a binder while saying “that will keep them down”.
The men were immediately reported to HR after the incident took place on 6 June and have now been fired.
An onlooker, who shot the video on June 6, and requested anonymity, said: “It was a disgusting gesture Talley made to imply that kneeling on a black man’s neck until he dies is a great way to ‘keep them down’ and continue to repress them.
“Just hours before, the whole company had observed eight minutes and 46 seconds silence for Mr. Floyd – that made Talley’s actions particularly disgusting.”
The Japanese car manufacturer also fired a Team Leader at the same plant for allegedly posting racist comments in one of the company’s Facebook group reading: “If black people don’t like it in this country they can go back to Africa and talk to the village chief that sold them into slavery’.”
A representative of Toyota Motor North America said: “We can confirm that these individuals are no longer employees of Toyota.
“Our message to those who are hurting is: We see you. We hear you. And, we stand with you and for you.
“We take any allegation of racism in the workplace seriously, as it is not consistent with our core values.”
George Floyd died on 25 May after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost eight minutes.
Chauvin was fired from the police department and charged with second degree murder and manslaughter.
Floyd’s death was classified as a homicide in a medical examiner’s report. Footage of Floyd’s death sparked Black Lives Matter protests around the world.
A new heart-breaking transcript of Floyd’s final moments reveals that he told officers he couldn’t breathe more than 20 times.