The Latest: Black officer says ‘take the uniform off’


WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a black Ohio police officer who posted a Facebook video reacting to the fatal police shooting of a black man in Louisiana (all times local):

7:40 p.m.

A black police officer in suburban Cleveland who was so upset by Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of a black man in Louisiana she posted a Facebook video of herself reacting to it says we should all be “held accountable for our actions.”

Warrensville Heights officer Nakia (nuh-KEE’-uh) Jones says, “Sometimes our peers have to hold us accountable.”

Jones got a lot of attention after posting her video reaction online. She says she was so upset after watching the video-recorded killing in Baton Rouge she wanted to quit the Warrensville Heights police force.

She said in a press conference Thursday her opinion is the shooting of Alton Sterling as he wrestled with two white police officers outside a convenience store “could have been handled differently.”

Baton Rouge police say Sterling was armed.

Jones says if police officers are prejudiced they should “take the uniform off.”

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3:40 p.m.

A black female police officer in suburban Cleveland is getting a lot of attention after posting a video on Facebook with her reaction to Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of a black man in Louisiana.

Nakia Jones says she was so upset after watching the video-recorded killing in Baton Rouge that she wanted to quit the police force in Warrensville Heights.

She says she became a police officer to make a difference in people’s lives and that anyone who’s afraid of black people should take off their uniform.

Her impassioned reaction has been watched more than 3 million times since it was posted to her Facebook page Wednesday.

She says white officers who are racist have no business working in a black community.

Messages were left with the police department and the officer.

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Online:

https://www.facebook.com/nakiajonesproductions/videos/10208712158314077/?pnref=story

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