CAMDEN, NJ — Protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police have been taking place across the nation.
Camden County Police Chief Joe Wysocki and other local leaders on Thursday joined others across South Jersey in condemning how Floyd was treated. A video of the arrest shows an officer restraining Floyd by handcuffing him, digging his knee into his neck for nearly eight minutes and not complying to pleas that he couldn't breathe.
"I think we watched a murder unfold on video," Wysocki said, as members of the Camden community gathered at the police administration building on Federal Street.
The police chief said he was "beyond disturbed" of what he saw.
"I'm going to do everything I can to train our officers to have the knowledge and the ability to navigate these situations," he said. "[This] can never occur here in the city of Camden, it cannot occur."
Those gathered joined in a moment of prayer.
"Hopefully, Camden County can be a model to the rest of the country," said Minister Wasim Muhammad, the Camden school board president.
Muhammad also advocated for, "an immediate end to police brutality and mob attacks, not only against black people but against all people."
"We want to remind the residents of Camden, New Jersey that we stand together, that we are one family," said Rev. Chris Collins with Annointed News Journal.
Bishop E.M. Barron of High Ground Temple Church of God spoke about unity.
"I say to our young people and to the pastors and leadership in Camden and our mayor we are better together," he said.
The former police officer seen in the video, Derek Chauvin, has since been arrested and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.
The People's Organization for Progress (POP) says it will gather with members and other protestors to march in Newark on Saturday over the "police killing of George Floyd."
The rally is expected to begin at the Lincoln Monument, 12 Springfield Avenue, at 1 p.m.