Oklahoma City CO quits job to join George Floyd protesters
Keval Williams, who worked at the Oklahoma County Jail, was angered after being told he couldn't kneel
By Joseph Wilkinson
New York Daily News
OKLAHOMA CITY — A corrections officer in Oklahoma City handed in his badge and walked right out to join protesters on the streets.
Keval Williams, now a former employee at the Oklahoma County Jail, was angered after being told Sunday that he couldn’t kneel in solidarity, local Fox affiliate KOKH reported.
Williams’ story was captured on video and viewed nearly 6 million times on Twitter.
this is what we mean. fkn quit that job if u truly care. he did. i respect dat pic.twitter.com/e2fjrYANek— 𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐢 ☆ BLM (@Y2KANi) June 1, 2020
“[The captain said], ‘No you can’t take a knee.’ So I said, ‘Here’s my badge, and I won’t come back.’ And here I am protesting,” Williams said in the video, while holding a sign that read “Black lives > White feelings.”
Williams first encountered protesters last Saturday, local ABC affiliate KOCO reported. That day, he was called in as backup to help police corral the demonstrations. He said he wanted to kneel that day, but was rejected.
The next day, Williams said he went into work and asked to kneel outside the jail. When his captain wouldn’t allow it, Williams handed in his badge and switched sides.
Mark Myers, a spokesman for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, told KOCO that if employees wanted to protest or take a knee in solidarity, they should, “Take the day off.”
Williams now has a lot of those in his future.
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