Sometimes it’s hard to process.
Sometimes you ask yourself why you do the job.
How do you keep going?”
Jay Stalien is a police officer in West Palm Beach Florida.
I always wonder what it’s like being a black police officer at a time when there is so much tension between minorities and police.
Officer Stalien answers that question in no uncertain terms.
And it’s not pretty.
Here’s the rest of what he wrote:
Last night I got berated for 3 straight hours for being a black cop.
Yes, 3 hours.
I heard every version of the N-word you could possibly think of.
Hearing it wasn’t the issue.
It’s who I heard it from.
I was a back up unit on a domestic battery in progress. Witnesses called into 911 stating that they observed a black man chocking and hitting a black women.
When we got there, they were still in a struggle and had to be separated.
The black female had cuts and bruises all over her elbows and shoulder.
She was disheveled.
Based on witness statements and interviews with both parties, we determined that the male was the aggressor.
He was arrested and charged with domestic battery.
I was always taught that women should be honored and treated with respect.
Call it cliché, but I still believe that.
In my heart I felt like we did a good deed...helping a battered women.
However, no good deed goes unpunished.
I, the back up unit, became the enemy of the women I was here to help.
She wasn’t upset at her husband who had just assaulted her.
She was upset at me.
She was disgusted at the sight of me.
She hated my very presence.
She hated what I stood for.
She hated... that I was black.
I guess it’s something that I’ll never get used to.
Even after 7 years working as a cop, it stings to hear it just as much as it did on day one.
“Black pussy ass n***.
Tryna be the white man.
You black and you just gonna stand their and not do nothing. You black bitch ass cop.
You worse then the white cracker, f—k you.”
Hate from your own race.
Being made out to be a traitor against your own race.
It never sits right, and I’ll never understand it.
The American culture today hates blue.
Try being black & blue.
—-Officer Joe Stalien
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