A police officer has bravely spoken out about police brutality, and you will want to hear what she has to say. Following the July 5 killing of Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, there has been noticeable silence from one group: the police force. This "blue wall of silence," an unwritten rule that police refuse to condemn one another's actions no matter how egregious, was called out yesterday on air by Hot 97 radio host Peter Rosenberg.
Then, someone shattered that blue wall. Nakia Jones, a police officer from Warrensville Heights, Ohio, took to Facebook Live yesterday to record her reaction to the video of Sterling's death. The 37-year-old father of three was fatally shot on Tuesday while selling CD's outside a Louisiana convenience store.
In the seven-minute video, Jones says she was "so furious and so hurt," after watching the video of Sterling's death, because "I wear blue." She talks about being first hired as an East Cleveland officer in 1996, and how she has worked her way up in the force while being a wife and mother of six.
An impassioned Jones then urges racist cops to remove their uniforms and don KKK hoods instead. "How dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody," she says. "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."
The video has been viewed 2.7 million times in less than 24 hours. It's not hard to see why.