BARBIE JONES, 32
I saw the video and I was just watching, and I’m like, all of these people standing around and no one stopped the officer… and then when I saw the paramedics and everybody pull up I’m like, is this okay, like why isn’t anyone stopping him, like why is his leg still on his neck while the paramedics are right there? So I was just kind of confused, actually, watching the video.
ÉZÉ AMOS, 46 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
I just saw clips of it on Facebook. What happened to that man—I just don’t get it. When I was moving here from Nigeria, coming to the U.S.—for me, it was like the place where you’re guaranteed safety, everything works, people know what they’re doing. It’s America—there are crosswalks! And to see things like this happening, it’s like… what? How could anyone ever do that to another human being?
JOSIE STANFIELD, 28
I believe I was at my house the first time I finally just caved in and watched it, because it was months of people talking about it… And I was like, okay, I’m just gonna watch this. Just gonna suck up and watch it. So then I watched it here at my house. I can’t believe the video, you know—him calling out for his mom. And I was just enraged and heartbroken and just confused—how that happens in broad daylight.
SYLVIE THODE, 21
NEW YORK CITY
I was in quarantine, and I think I saw it on Twitter and watched it and was just horrified, obviously, just physically revolted. And it was an odd moment, though, because I remember I saw it the day that I had my first college