Black officer has powerful message for fellow officers in the wake of Sterling and Castile shootings
Hours after the killing of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and hours before the fatal shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota, Cleveland police officer Nakia Jones, went live on Facebook in a passionate message to police officers who carry racism into the job.
Jones, who became an officer in 1996 to "make a difference in people's lives," shared the video after seeing Sterling being killed in Louisiana, noting that this is the first time she has been able to see police brutality through the eyes of a non-officer.
Philando Castile shot by police and livestreamed to Facebook:
"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. So I'm looking at it, and it tore me up because I got to see what you all see. If I wasn't a police officer and I wasn't on the inside, I would be saying, 'Look at this racist stuff. Look at this.' And it hurt me."
People protest the shooting of Alton Sterling:
In the video Jones discusses her decision to become an officer who polices black communities, but the main focus of her video was a plea to racist officers who work in communities of color.
"If you are white and you're working in a black community and you are racist, you need to be ashamed of yourself," she says. "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."
Watch the full video below: