Two US men sacked, suspended for mocking the death of George Floyd in viral video

A US corrections officer has been suspended and a FedEx employee fired from their jobs after they were filmed participating in a demonstration mocking the death of George Floyd.

During a Black Lives Matter protest on Monday, participants filmed a counterprotest on private property, the New York Times reported.

In the video, which has been widely shared online, two men can be seen imitating the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.

Two more men can be seen standing nearby, with one filming and they are surrounded by 'All Lives Matter' and 'TRUMP' banners, and American flags.

Another truck shows the 'thin blue line' flag, meant to show support for law enforcement workers.

On Wednesday the New Jersey Department of Correction confirmed one of their officers was involved in the counter-protest.

"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," they said in a statement to Twitter.

"The individual has been suspended from their post and banned from NJDOC facilities pending a thorough and expedited investigation."

It’s unknown which of the people in the video works for the department.

FedEx also confirmed one of their employees was a part of the video and was suspended, then fired.

"The behaviour depicted in the video, which involved a FedEx employee, is appalling and offensive," read a statement from FedEx sent to Newsweek. 

"FedEx holds its team members to a high standard of personal conduct, and we do not tolerate the kind of appalling and offensive behaviour depicted in this video," an updated statement read. 

"The individual involved is no longer employed by FedEx. A diverse and inclusive workforce is at the heart of our business, and we stand with those who support justice and equality."

The local police chief and mayor have slammed the video, calling it "revolting" and "appalling".

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweeted: "Mocking George Floyd’s murder in an effort to belittle the calls for justice from our Black and Brown communities is repugnant. I condemn this behaviour in the strongest terms possible. 

"We won’t let the actions of a few distract from our progress toward dismantling systemic racism."

The Franklin Township Committee and Police Department also posted a statement the Philadelphia Inquirer obtained, saying "this is not who we are as a community".

"Without an understanding and mutual respect for all individuals, we can never aspire to create a united community based upon the idea of human respect and dignity for all,” they said.