Black Cop: There’s No Place for Racism in Police Work

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Prompted by the shooting of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, an African-American police officer from the Cleveland area says in an emotional Facebook Live video that she’s angry and ashamed over racism among her peers. “How dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody, ” Nakia Jones says in the video. Jones, on the job since 1996, was the first black female officer in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.

“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,'” she says. “If you are white and you’re working in a black community and you are racist, you need to be ashamed of yourself. You stood up there and took an oath. If this is not where you want to work, then you need to take your behind somewhere else.” Her seven-minute video had been viewed 5.5 million times Friday morning.

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