Ohio Cop’s Outrage Goes Viral: ‘You Stood Up There And Took An Oath’

Posted: July 8, 2016 in Uncategorized
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An emotional video posted to Facebook on Wednesday by an Ohio police officer has gone viral after she vented her outrage about a recent police shooting, demanding that police officers with racist sentiments stop patrolling in neighborhoods that contain people of color.

A seven-minute video posted by Warrensville Heights officer Nakia Jones, regarding the police shooting of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, had been viewed over six million times by Friday afternoon, when rumors began swirling that she had been fired.

Mayor Brad Sellers quickly confirmed that she is not suspended, and that she did not violate the department’s social media policy. However, during an interview with local station WKYC, Jones tearfully explained that she has been placed on leave by her supervisor and does not know when she will be able to return to work.

Sterling was shot in the back at close range by two Baton Rouge officers while pinned to the ground outside a convenience store where he was selling bootleg CDs. Alongside the police killing of Philando Castille, who died as the world watched a live Facebook stream in Minnesota the next day, renewed nationwide outrage has been sparked over police brutality, unnecessary force and military-style tactics by neighborhood cops.

“If you are white and you’re working in a black community and you are racist, you need to be ashamed of yourself,” Jones states in the video. “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.”

Jones explained that she was the first black female police officer in Warrensville Heights, and has been employed as a policewoman since 1996. She explained that she, like many others, took her job to serve her community in a positive way.

“The reason I became a police officer is to make a difference in people’s lives,” she said. “I know what it’s like to have a parent on drugs. I know what it’s like to watch people be picked on and bullied and all kinds of things. I said I wanted to make a difference and I want to be that change, so I became that change.”

After watching the video of Sterling, “over and over and over,” Jones expressed her outrage and despair.

“How dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody,” she said. “How dare you. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. If you’re that officer and you know you have a God complex and you’re afraid of people who don’t look like you, you have no business wearing the uniform. Take it off.”

She also urged the black community to stop fighting.

“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.”

She explained that viewing the Sterling video almost resulted in quitting her job, but realized that officers who care are needed, to help alleviate unjust police violence. She urged people to support cops like herself.

“But I need you all to support the (officers) that are right,” she said. “And I need for you to stand against those that are not right.”


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