“I retweeted without watching the full video and I deeply apologize,” Mercedes Schlapp said in a statement provided to Fox News. “I deleted the tweet. I would never knowingly promote the use of that word. The intent was that these protestors wanted to call the cops for their own safety despite them wanting to defund the cops.”
Originally posted on Friday, the video shows a man wearing a red sweatshirt and dark cap while approaching apparent protesters with his running chainsaw. “Move! Go home!” the man can be heard yelling. As he approached people in front of a store, he tells them: “Don’t let those f—–g n—–s fool you!”
Edson Grim of Allen, Texas, appeared to post the original video but Schlapp retweeted it from an account called “LATINO TOWNHALL.” “That’s how to do it,” the tweet reads. It embeds another post with an account touting the chainsaw-wielding man. “I’d want this guy with me in a ride or die moment,” @texan_maga tweeted. He added: “Mexican business owners know what’s up.”
Schlapp’s retweet remained in place as of Saturday evening but was eventually removed.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Wednesday upgraded charges against the officer, Derek Chauvin, to 2nd-degree murder, and also charged the three other officers on the scene with aiding and abetting.
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump earlier decried the official autopsy — as described in the original complaint against Chauvin — for ruling out asphyxia. An autopsy commissioned by the Floyd family concluded that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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