This African-American Female Cop Makes an Important Point About Community Policing
Nakia Jones became a police officer in 1996 because she wanted to make a difference in her community in Ohio. Though when she saw the video of the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., a case currently under investigation by the Department of Justice, she was outraged.
In a 7-minute video that was posted on Facebook Live and now YouTube, Jones delivers a powerful personal response to the shootings, urging officers to understand and respect the communities they work in.
"If you are white and you're working in a black community and you are racist, you need to be ashamed of yourself," she said. "You stood up there and took an oath."
But Jones also called out members of the black community for pointing the finger at all police officers and labeling them as being corrupt.
"It bothers me when I hear people say, 'Y'all police officers this, y'all police officers that. 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," Jones said.
And in the wake of the Dallas police shooting, the deadliest single attack on police officers since 9/11, Jones' concluding message for unity was haunting.
"Put these guns down because we're killing each other," she said. "And the reason why all this racist stuff keeps going on is because we're divided. We’re killing each other, not standing together."
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