Before you joined the police force, what experiences did you have with the police in this area?
Experiences that made me feel disrespected, less of a human being. I have been stopped in my car and accused of doing some things I don’t think I’d done.
The tone was different. In some senses, it is almost as if the officers I had the interactions with could not care less about who I was, that I was beneath him so he didn’t have to extend a level of respect. I felt personally attacked.
Do you think it makes it easier for some of your co-workers to shoot dead a black man?
I don’t feel they would have that same connection or compassion with that individual, so it may make it easier for them.
Do you think what’s happened in Ferguson over the last couple of weeks might make some of your white colleagues listen more to the kind of things you and other African-American officers have been saying about their negative dealings with black people?
No, absolutely not. It’s actually created that divide and made it larger. It’s made it harder for me to want to talk to them about it any more.