The incident captured on the social media app TikTok happened after 10:15 PM on April 9 at a Food Lion in South Carolina. Miles could be seen in the video facing off with a store employee, a person recording him, and another unidentified official on the scene. His girlfriend positioned herself in front of Miles, seemingly trying to calm him down. It didn’t work. “Guess what?” he asked. “All lives f—-ing matter. Black lives don’t f—-ing matter.” He urged the person recording to make sure she got it, then continued with his rant.
“Take this on your f—–g recording,” Miles said. “Black lives matter is the most racist f—ing thing we’ve ever f—ing seen. All right, all lives matter.” At one point, the automatic store doors Miles was standing in between started to close, and he forced them back open and started to walk toward the person recording.
“What about God–n brown lives matter? What about white lives matter?” Miles said. “Guess what, all of you Black f–ks are god–n racist mother—–rs.”
After his lengthy speech, which police officers said happened while Miles was under the influence of alcohol, Miles claimed that he wasn’t racist. “So all of you Black f–ks, okay, guess what? I got a god–n Black kid in god–n Georgia. I’m not a racist motherf—er,” Miles said.
Leslie Ann Sully, a spokesperson for the Fort Jackson U.S. Army installation and training center in South Carolina, told Daily Kos in an emailed statement that Fort Jackson “is aware of the video on TikTok and the person in question is no longer in the Army.”
“He was already out of the Army at the time of this incident,” Sully said.
The video follows heightened media attention to racism and excessive force allegations tied to race after the death of George Floyd, a Black father killed when a white Minneapolis cop kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes. That cop, Derek Chauvin, was convicted of murder on Tuesday, but at the time of the incident involving Miles, the trial was still underway.
Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr. added in a statement on Facebook: “This type of behavior is not consistent with our Army Values and will not be condoned. We have begun our own investigation and are working with the local authorities.”