Watch This Black Officer’s Heartbreaking Response to Police Violence and Racism

“If you are white and you are racist and you are working in a black community, you should be ashamed of yourself.”


In the wake of the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, a black police officer from Warrensville Heights, Ohio took to Facebook Live on Wednesday to post an impassioned response to the violence and speak out against racist police officers.

“I watched the video over and over and over again, so I wouldn’t become judgmental because not only am I am a mother of two African-American sons, but I am also the person that wears the uniform, with the blue,” Nakia Jones tells the camera.

“It bothers me when I hear people say, ‘Y’all police officers this, y’all police officers that,'” she said. “They put us in this negative category when I’m saying to myself, ‘I’m not that type of police officer.’ I know officers that are like me that would give their life for other people.”

She continued with a message to prejudiced police officers, “who have no business being a police officer.”

“If you are white and you are racist and you are working in a black community, you should be ashamed of yourself. You stood up there and took an oath. How dare you stand up next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody?”

Jones’ video was posted shortly after video emerged of another black man, Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota late Wednesday night.

(h/t The Root)

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