- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2020

A Black police officer in Portland, Oregon, is going viral after calling out White activists in the Black Lives Matter movement who routinely berate Black police officers, saying they are using some of the same tactics “that were used against my people” despite never experiencing racism in their lives.

The Portland Police Department on Wednesday released audio of Officer Jakhary Jackson’s comments to reporters earlier this month after he was asked what it’s like being a Black police officer in Portland, where violent protests have rocked the city for nearly two months following the death of George Floyd.

“I’ve seen folks that really do want change like the rest of us that have been impacted by racism,” Officer Jackson said during a July 9 press conference. “And then I got to see those people get faded out by people who have no idea what racism is all about, never experienced racism, that don’t even know that the tactics that they’re using are the same tactics that were used against my people.

“They don’t even know the history,” he continued. “They don’t know what they’re saying. Coming from someone who graduated from PSU with a history degree, it’s actually frightening. … They don’t even know what they’re even doing. It’s divisive. It’s hurting the community.”

Officer Jackson said his cousin, who is Black, tried to participate in one of the marches but ended up leaving because he felt so uncomfortable.

“He left and he said this has turned into something else, this is weird,” he said. “It’s been very eye-opening. It says something when you’re at a Black Lives Matter protest, and you have more minorities on the police side than you have in a violent crowd, and you have white people screaming at Black officers.

Officer Jackson, who said he was hit during a recent protest by a full beer can, a rock, and a frozen water bottle, said he was heartened to spot two Black men cleaning up the streets later that night.

“They had two garbage bags, and they were just running and cleaning up,” he said. “A few of us from my team went over and I had to shake their hands. I was so moved by that and so impressed. They said, ‘We’re from here, this is our city. I don’t understand why people are coming here and destroying it.’”

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