Two days ago Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg said what’s on the mind of every Black person who’s tired of being told “not all cops are bad” every time another Black man or woman is killed by an officer. Taking an on-air call from a cop who urged people not to rush to judgement in the cases of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Rosenberg stopped the caller in his tracks, saying, “Tell me this: On the surface, as an officer yourself, it looks bad, no?
“Can you say the words ‘It looks bad’? You can’t ever say that? This is the problem I have with cops. I have to say this. This is the problem I have with police officers—and no disrespect to you. Y’all don’t ever wanna point at someone else and say, ‘You can’t do your job well!’” Rosenberg plainly stated.
“Police officers never wanna say when y’all do a bad job,” he continues. “So that’s the reason the public thinks all of you are bad. Because you won’t ever call someone out and say, ‘They murdered someone in cold blood. It happened again.’ And until you guys start taking responsibility for your own, people in the street are going to be upset instead.
“How about instead of people rioting, police officers get out in front of it themselves? And you guys are the first ones on the front lines. That’s what should happen. Instead of you struggling to say, ‘Well, I don’t know, it could be.’ They murdered that man.”
The cop on the phone may not have ever been able to utter those words, but Warrensville, OH, police officer Nakia Jones certainly did in a 7-minute video she posted on Facebook the same day. Jones, who was the first Black female officer in Warrensville Heights, joined the force in ’96 to make a change in her community, which is why she finds the actions of the latest cop offenders in Minnesota and Louisiana so despicable.
“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.”
The wife and mother went on to say:
“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.
“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.”
It was about time someone on the force made the brave choice to denounce the actions of their fellow officers. With each and every murder of a Black man or woman, civilians have wondered how police officers — especially those of color — could stand by idly and watch fellow cops abuse their badge, shame their profession, and most of all murder innocent men, women, and children. We can’t praise Jones enough for finally speaking out against these bad boys in blue. Watch the full video above and tell us what you think.