WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — A Warrensville Heights police officer is speaking out after a video she shared went viral.
Nakia Jones shared a powerful message after this week’s police-involved shooting of a man in Louisiana; as of Thursday afternoon it had more than 4 million views.
Alton Sterling, 37, was shot to death as he lay on the ground with two police officers on top of him Tuesday morning.
A video of the incident, which was posted to social media, has sparked national attention. Many questions remain unanswered.
In her own video posted Wednesday, Jones recounted the painful moments she felt after hearing about Sterling’s death and how he was killed.
“It tore me up, because I got to see what you all see,” she said. “If I wasn’t a police officer…I would be saying, ‘look at this racist stuff, look at this’. And it hurt me.”
Jones says she became a police officer in 1996 to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
“I knew what it was like to have a parent on drugs,” she said. “I knew what it was like to watch people be picked on and bullied on…I said I wanted to make a difference, I wanted to be that change. So I became that change.”
“I said I will serve and protect my community by all costs, even if it meant I wouldn’t go home to my one-year-old daughter,” she continues.
She said she wears her uniform proudly. She’s taken guns out of the hands of children and has delivered news to parents that their child would never come home.
“What hurts me the most is people who stood in front of a judge, in front of a mayor, and said I swear my oath I will serve and protect this community…if you are white and you work in a black community and you are a racist, you should be ashamed of yourself. If this is not where you want to work at, you need to take your behind somewhere else.”
“How dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody. How dare you. You should be ashamed of yourself,” she said.