A black Ohio police officer said in an emotional Facebook Live video that she’s ashamed to be in the same company as the cops involved in the killing of Alton Sterling.
“How dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody. How dare you…,” Nakia Jones said in the video.
Jones, a police officer since 1996 who is the first black female officer to serve in the Warrensville Heights Police Department, said she considered quitting the force after viewing the video of Sterling’s death.
“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,'” she said.
“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.”
“If you are white and you’re working in a black community and you are racist, you need to be ashamed of yourself,” Jones said. “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.”
Her seven-minute heart-wrenching reaction eclipsed 3 million views and has been shared more than 150,000 times on Facebook since it was posted to her page Wednesday evening.
Sterling, a 37-year old black man, was killed around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La. by two white cops, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, who were responding to a 911 call of an armed man in a convenience store parking lot.
A pair of horrifying videos show the cops wrestle Sterling to down and pin him to the pavement.
“He’s got a gun,” one of the officers cries. One of the officers then draws his weapon and fires five shots. Sterling, who was armed but had his gun in his pocket, died moments later.
The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into Sterling’s death, which has ignited protests in Baton Rouge.
Jones said, “I took an oath in East Cleveland that I would serve and protect my community by all costs, even if it meant I wouldn’t go home to my one-year-old daughter, and that’s what I did, and I did it with integrity and respect.”
“Put these guns down because we’re 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, not standing together.”
Her video, posted at 5 p.m., went live four hours before the police killing of Philando Castile following a traffic stop in Minnesota. The aftermath of Castile’s death was captured in a harrowing video livestreamed by his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds.