- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 7, 2016

A black Ohio police officer’s impassioned video response to the deadly police shooting of Alton Sterling in Louisiana has gone mega-viral.

The video by Officer Nakia Jones of the Warrensville Heights Police Department criticizing the officers who shot Mr. Sterling, a black man, has racked up more than 3.5 million views in less than 24 hours.

“How dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody,” Officer Jones said in the video. “How dare you! You ought to be ashamed of yourself. So, why don’t we just keep it real? If you’re that officer that knows good and well you’ve got a God complex, you’re afraid of people that don’t look like you, you have no business in that uniform.

“Take it off!” she said, screaming into the camera. “If you’re afraid to go and talk to an African-American female or a male, or a Mexican male or female because they’re not white like you, take the uniform off! You have no business being a police officer, because there’s many of us that would give our life for anybody! We took this oath and we meant it! If you are that officer that’s prejudice, take the uniform off and put the KKK hoodie on because I will not stand for that!”

She said racism is still alive in America is because the black community is divided.

“Put them guns down, y’all. We’re killing each other,” she said. “The reason why all this racist stuff keeps going on is because we’re divided. We’re killing each other, we’re not standing together. See, Martin Luther King and them stood together. You didn’t hear about a bunch of black people killing each other. We’ve got to stand together because a house divided against each other will not stand. We gotta be smart. Don’t mean going tearing up stuff. Be smart.”

Mr. Sterling, 37, was fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, early Tuesday morning. A 48-second video of the shooting has sparked national outrage, and the officers involved, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

Officer Jones said she watched the video numerous times before commenting on the matter. In a separate post on Facebook, she wrote that not all police officers are bad but that some are “cowards,” “racist” and “have a God complex.”

“I saw the video and I’m ashamed that they were my brother’s in blue,” she wrote. “Also we are killing one another left and right … in a minute our black men will be extinct … please young men put the guns down and pick up a pin.”

The hashtag #OfficerNakiaJones was trending on Facebook Thursday afternoon.

The Warrensville Heights Police would not comment on Officer Jones’ video to WKYC, a local NBC News affiliate.

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