After tensions flared between police and the black community this summer, Insider’s AC Fowler decided to talked to those caught in the middle and left out of the conversation, those who ae both black and in law enforcement, the black officers.
He spoke to Damon K. Jones, 26-year-veteran in Westchester County Department of Corrections and the NY Rep of Blacks In Law Enforcement of America (BLEA), Corey Pegues, retired NYPD Deputy Inspector and author of Once A Cop, Harold Thomas, retired detective and White Plains Police Officer Michael Hannon to get a better understanding of what they go through and have gone through.
“Black officers are on notice! Speak up now or forever hold your peace,” Pegues tells BW. “You owe it to the communities in which you serve to do what’s right! No more standing behind the Blue Wall!!!!”
Hannon however speaks on the necessity of BLM and black law enforcement to sit down together, when we spoke to him, “The Black lives matter movement must sit down with black law enforcement soon if things are going to change.”
While Fowler is quick to point out these four blacks in law enforcement can not possibly speak for all black cops, they did however shed some light of life being Black before they are Blue.
Watch the Insider interview with the four black law enforcement officers below and feel free to leave two pennies in the comment section underneath.