WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — An Ohio police officer shared a powerful message Wednesday after witnessing video of a fatal police-involved shooting in Louisiana.
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 posted to social media has sparked national attention. Many questions remain unanswered.
Officer Nakia Jones posted her own video response to the incident on Wednesday before video emerged of a second fatal police-involved shooting, this time in Minnesota, that has led to more outrage.
Both incidents involved black men. Philando Castile was identified by his mother as the man killed in the second shooting.
In her video, Jones recounts 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 said 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 1-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.
Jones posted the video Wednesday; it has since been viewed more than 2.6 million times and shared more than 109,000 times.
The hashtag #OfficerNakiaJones was also trending on Facebook Thursday.
Jones later wrote this separate post: