Jones posted a video on Facebook that has gone viral, fuming at police officers who have failed at what they promised when they initially took their oaths.
In the video, she details her decision to work in a predominantly African-American community, speaking about wanting to be a force of change in a community similar to where she grew up. As the only female, African-American officer in her precinct, she felt the responsibility of the difficult choices she made every single day.
She then turns to white colleagues performing the same job as her: "If you are white, and you're working in a black community, and you are racist, you need to be ashamed of yourself.”
"How dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody. How dare you!"
She speaks the blunt, unequivocal truth: "Why don't we just keep it real? If you're that officer that knows good and well you got a God complex and you're afraid of people that don't look like you, you have no business in that uniform."
She concludes by stating that if an officer is unable to overcome their personal biases or prejudices, they need to “take that uniform off and put the KKK hoodie on.”
Jones’s video should be mandatory viewing for all officers—the deaths of African-Americans due to police shootings cannot continue to go unchecked and unchanged.
Banner Image Credit: Facebook, Nakia Jones