An Ohio police officer’s Facebook live video about a police shooting that left a 37-year-old man dead in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has gone viral.
Officer Nakia Jones of the Warrensville Heights Police Department watched footage of Alton Sterling being fatally shot by police, then went on Facebook to react.
In the post, she said she watched the video over and over.
“I wear blue. I became so furious and so hurt,” said Jones. “It tore me up, because I got to see what you all see. … If I wasn’t a police officer … I would be saying, ‘look at this racist stuff, look at this’. And it hurt me.”
On Tuesday, police were called regarding a man who was outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge. The caller — later identified as a homeless man by a law enforcement official — allegedly told police the man had a gun and threatened someone.
Officials say Officer Blane Salamoni and Officer Howie Lake II responded to the call. They say an altercation ensued between the officers and Alton Sterling, who was allegedly outside the store selling CDs.
An autopsy conducted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office showed that Sterling died from multiple gunshot wounds to the back and chest.
On Wednesday evening, 19th Judicial District Attorney Hillar Moore confirmed that both officers said they felt their actions were justified.
In her response to the shooting, Jones said she was the first black female police officer in Warrensville Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. She is a mother of six children, including two sons.
“My heart goes out to that young man’s family because if it was my son, I don’t know what I would do,” said Jones.
She then delivered a harsh message for her fellow police officers.
“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,” Jones said.
“How dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody. How dare you. You should be ashamed of yourself.”
In the seven-minute video, Jones also had a message for those breaking the law: “Put the guns down, y’all. We’re killing each other. We’ve got to stand together. Be smart.”
She asked men to stand up and mentor young men.
“We are running around killing people left and right,” she said.
Jones’ video has been viewed more than 3.5 million times since she posted it to her Facebook page Wednesday. The hashtag #OfficerNakiaJones has also been trending on social media.
The FBI has taken over the investigation of the Baton Rouge shooting.