A video of a black female police officer emotionally, sadly and angrily sharing her thoughts on police and the black community following the killing of Alton Sterling has gone mega viral with 4 million views on Facebook and climbing. A hashtag has also started #OfficerNakiaJones. Her message is that the small amount of cops that are racist need to be out of the force, not all cops are bad and that black men need to stop killing each other.
In the video, Nakia Jones, a 20 year police officer in Cleveland who is also a black female says that there are many people who view police officers as bad people. Defying political stereotypes she just makes a lot of common sense that both sides of the political aisle should be able to see.
Twitter sounded off on it as well.
People “put us in this negative category, when I am saying to myself I’m not that type of police officer. I know other officers like me that would give their life for other people.”
She added that she made the decision to become a police officer because she “wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.”
“I want to be that change, so I became that change,” Jones said.
Jones said she saw the video of police officers shooting and killing Alton Sterling in Louisiana and said it hurt her to watch it and that her own son wanted to go to Louisiana for college.
She said as a police officer, she has worn her uniform proudly in predominantly black neighborhoods. She said that she has taken guns off children that were barely teenagers. “We are killing each other,” she added.
Jones said that what bothers her most are police officers who are under oath and do not uphold those values. “If you are white and you are working in a black community and you are racist, you need to be ashamed of yourself,” Jones said. She added that she chose to work in a black community because she wanted to make a difference.
“If you’re afraid of people that don’t look like you, you have no business in that uniform. Take it off,” Jones said emphatically.
“There’s many of us that would give our life for anybody and we took this oath and we meant it,” Jones said.
Jones then pleaded to the black community to “put them guns down — We killing each other,” she said. “The reason why all this racist stuff keeps going on is because we’re divided. We’re killing each other. We’re not standing together.”
“A house divided against each other will not stand,” Jones said. “We’re not gonna talk about the millions of black people that are killing each other.
She then pleaded to the black community to support the police officers who are doing their job correctly. “I need you to support the ones of us that are right and I need you to stand for those of us that are not right,” Jones said.