A white male ex-cop has turned social justice warrior and is telling his story.
There’s really nothing dramatic in his tale. He doesn’t like the way police work is done. The most dramtic event in his story is when a cop tells a dying Negro injured in a car wreck that he’s dying, while using the term “Nigger.”
Thee are no beatings or murders of black thugs that he recounts. HIs is a story of a weak-minded white man who picked the wrong line of work.
[trigger warning: racial slurs and offensive language]
I was a racist cop.
Years ago, I was helping a supervisor at a single-car crash. A black man collided head-on into a concrete divider, and died at the scene. I was detouring the ensnarled traffic when my corporal, who had been alongside the victim, shared an update.
“When I got here he was alive, but fading. His eyes were opening and closing real slow and I could feel his pulse slowing down.” He paused, and with the smoothness of a perfectly timed punch line, the corporal said “So, I whispered in his ear, ‘Today is the day you die, nigger.’”
I stood horrified.
Then, I did nothing.
Silence is the culture of many police departments. In my second year as a cop ― a career that would span more than a decade across three states ― I was taught the ramifications of speaking out. After a sergeant stole from an impounded car, another whistleblower and I reported him up the chain of command. Within days, I was fired. It was just before Christmas; young, a child on the way, and now my fledgling career tarnished. I received the message loud and clear: Do not kneel.
Our ex-white cop is referring to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protests. He’s using the term symbolically.