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Former ‘SNL’ star Jay Pharoah releases footage of cop kneeling on his neck

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Former “Saturday Night Live” star Jay Pharoah is revealing particulars of a police encounter that left him in an identical scenario to George Floyd.

In a 4-minute video posted to his Instagram, Pharoah, 32, says he was out exercising in Los Angeles months in the past when he was approached by a police officer who ordered him to get on the bottom.

“As I’m walking across the street, Corbin and Ventura, I see an officer to the left of me. I’m not thinking anything of it, because I’m a law-abiding citizen,” Pharoah narrates over the footage.

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“I see him coming with guns blazing, I see him say ‘get on the ground, put your hands up like you’re an airplane.’ As he’s looking at me, I’m thinking that he’s making a mistake. So I’m looking past where he’s looking. I’m looking at him, and I’m looking past me ’cause I’m like, ‘whoever they’re about to get, it’s just about to be terrible.’ No, he was coming to get me,” the comic says.

Seconds later, the surveillance footage reveals Pharoah mendacity on a sidewalk surrounded by 4 officers.

“They put me in cuffs, the officer took his knee, put it on my neck. It wasn’t as long as George Floyd, but I know how that feels. I said, ‘why are you doing this? What’s wrong?’ They said, ‘you fit the description of a black man in this area with grey sweatpants on and a grey shirt.’ I told them, ‘Google right now Jay Pharoah, you will see you made a big mistake.'”

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PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 23: Jay Pharoah of "Bad Hair" attends the "Bad Hair" premiere during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival at The Ray on January 23, 2020 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

The officers then knowledgeable him they did, in reality, have the improper man. Pharoah says he reacted by asking the officers to take away {the handcuffs} from his wrists.

“I had never been in cuffs before up until that point,” Pharoah says, including that it was the primary time he had ever skilled “first-hand racism in America.”

The star then implores his followers to coach themselves on the legal guidelines.

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“Understand what the cops are saying to you so if they try to flip anything on you, on our young black men in general, we have the knowledge and power to overthrow that.”

Pharoah says he “could have easily been an Ahmaud Arbery or George Floyd” and concludes with a message supporting the Black Lives Matter motion.

“Be in the know. I’m Jay Pharoah, and I’m a black man in America and my life matters. Black lives always matter. You always matter.”

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Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died in police custody final month after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for almost 9 minutes. In a now-viral video, Floyd may be heard telling the cop, “I can’t breathe.”

Chauvin has been charged with second-degree homicide. Three different officers concerned within the incident have been fired and face felony expenses.

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