This black female cop's video denouncing racist police violence is going viral

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A black female Cleveland-area police officer's post denouncing police violence against civilians is going viral in the wake of two police shootings in America in 48 hours.


According to station WKYC, Officer Nakia Jones of the Warrensville Heights, Ohio police department posted the video soon after learning of the death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man killed by a white Baton Rouge, La. police officer Tuesday.

Here's the clip:

She says:

How dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody! How dare you! You ought to be ashamed of yourself! So, why don’t we just keep it real? If you’re that officer that knows good and well you’ve got a God complex, you’re afraid of people that don’t look like you, you have no business in that uniform! Take it off! If you’re afraid to go and talk to an African American female or a male, or a Mexican male or female because they’re not white like you, take the uniform off! You have no business being a police officer, because there’s many of us that would give our life for anybody! We took this oath and we meant it! If you are that officer that’s prejudice, take the uniform off and put the KKK hoodie on because I will not stand for that!

The post already has more than 2 million views since being uploaded.

Jones goes on to explain that she became a police officer and chose to work in a community of color precisely because of incidents like the one in Baton Rouge. When officers commit acts of violence, she says, it casts the whole profession in a negative light.

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.

Late Wednesday, 32-year-old Philando Castile, a black man, was shot and killed by a white police officer at a traffic stop outside St. Paul, Minn. My colleague Rafi Schwartz has written a detailed biography of Castile.

As of Thursday morning Minnesota officials had not announced what discipline, if any, the officer, whose name has not yet been released, is facing. The two officers involved in the Baton Rouge shooting have been placed on leave.


The Warrensville police department did not immediately comment on Jones' post.

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