In a compelling video produced by Slate, one Baltimore ex-cop explains why he thinks police are so violent toward black men.
Michael Wood Jr. is a retired cop from the Baltimore police department. He first made headlines with his long series of tweets describing some of the awful things he has seen his fellow officers do while on the force.
2015 was stained with many horrifying issues, but the stories of police brutality surely were some of the most memorable pieces of the year.
With everything from Tamir Rice, Ferguson, and every other story of police brutality that made headlines and shook people to their very core, there's one question that has been in the hearts and minds of many people: "Why?"
Aaron Wolfe of Slate wanted to go deeper than just reporting the horrible instances of police brutality and misconduct. Wolfe wanted to seek out an answer to that very question — and who better to turn to than an ex-cop that seems more than willing to talk about the brutality in the police department?
In the beginning of the video, Wolfe asks the question that seems almost impossible to really answer: "How did this culture of contempt and violence towards black people take hold in a police department like Baltimore's? And how is it perpetuated even after an entire year of police scandals being in the headlines?"
Woods does an excellent job of explaining the culture in the police department that leads many officers to violence, hatred, and dishonesty. He even explains how they get away with it so easily.
Check out the video below:
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