An African-American police officer from Florida has laid bare his heart in a powerful way.
Pundits have been talking non-stop since a new wave of sensationalized stories about so-called trigger happy cops hit the news last week.
Brutal reality hits officer Jay Stalien in the face every single day and he poured out his feelings on Facebook in a riveting post.
According to his profile, Stalien works in Riviera Beach, a city that despite its exotic-sounding name, is known for its significant rate of black on black crime.
The post contains piercing words from Stalien and should be read in its entirety. Here are a few highlights:
Suspect- Black/ Male, Victim-Black /Male.
I remember the countless times I canvassed the area afterwards, and asked everyone “did you see who did it”, and the popular response from the very same family members was always, “Fuck the Police, I aint no snitch, I’m gonna take care of this myself. This happened every single time, every single homicide, black on black, and then my realization became clearer.
I woke up every morning, put my freshly pressed uniform on, shined my badge, functioned checked my weapon, kissed my wife and kid, and waited for my wife to say the same thing she always does before I leave, “Make sure you come back home to us”. I always replied, “I will”, but the truth was I was never sure if I would. I almost lost my life on this job, and every call, every stop, every moment that I had this uniform on, was another possibility for me to almost lose my life again. I was a target in the very community I swore to protect, the very community I wanted to help. As a matter of fact, they hated my very presence. They called me “Uncle Tom”, and “wanna be white boy”, and I couldn’t understand why. My own fellow black men and women attacking me, wishing for my death, wishing for the death of my family. I was so confused, so torn, I couldn’t understand why my own black people would turn against me, when every time they called …I was there. Every time someone died….I was there. Every time they were going through one of the worst moments in their lives…I was there. So why was I the enemy? I dove deep into that question…Why was I the enemy? Then my realization became clearer.
Stalien began to ask members of the community why they hated cops. He did research on the facts. This is what he learned:
Complaint: Police always targeting us, they always messing with the black man.
Fact: A city where the majority of citizens are black (Baltimore for example) …will ALWAYS have a higher rate of black people getting arrested, it will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks getting stopped, and will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks getting killed, and the reason why is because a city with those characteristics will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks committing crime. The statistics will follow the same trend for Asians if you go to China, for Hispanics if you go to Puerto Rico, for whites if you go to Russia, and the list goes on. It’s called Demographics
Complaint: More black people get arrested than white boys.
Fact: Black People commit a grossly disproportionate amount of crime. Data from the FBI shows that Nationwide, Blacks committed 5,173 homicides in 2014, whites committed 4,367. Chicago’s death toll is almost equal to that of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined. Chicago’s death toll from 2001–November, 26 2015 stands at 7,401. The combined total deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2015: 4,815) and Operation Enduring Freedom/Afghanistan (2001-2015: 3,506), total 8,321.
Maybe the time has come to stay out of those neighborhoods and let them see what happens. I also think it is time for the police to start fighting back.
Great idea. In a month there will be no one left.
"To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth."....
I can't believe that people are so ignorant of what is going on.
1. Idle hands are the Devil's workshop. I've heard this from day one and several times since... except lately!
The government is to blame for over taxation and job confiscation.
2. Businesses have moved out of this country and Trump knows why. Trump and every small business owner up to the rich lawyer laden conglomerates know exactly what the reasons are. The laws governing businesses are a goliath mountain to overcome. Kids can't even have a lemonade stand without the government's intervention.
I have long noted that one is more in danger of being killed in Chicago and LA than in Iraq or Afghanistan. Those statistics should cause us all to ask why? What has done so wrong that our minority population believe that crime and the murder... hold the way to prosperity? Is it any wonder that the police in large metro areas are constantly looking over their shoulders or ever vigilant and on edge conducting routine police stops?
It is time that the minority communities take responsibility for the high incidents of crime... extremely high crime rates, lack of education and gang activity may well account for the lack of economic activity in their communities... and the increased tension between police and their communities. It is time we stopped EXCUSING this conduct on others outside their race and communities... maybe then they will concentrate the on the actual problems creating such disparity in economic outcome... in their communities.
Demographics, simple isn’t it …plus idle hands (as Barry Wind said) at the expense of people actually earning their pay, otherwise known as “welfare” or obamaphone, obamacare, etc and reparations at the expense of people who had nothing to do with injustice …the black “leadership” was hijacked by the black KKK party soon after MLK’s assassination, led by trash like Jackson and Sharpton, turning many in the black community into pigeons and angry birds …thus through the sore wounds of racism the trash quickly escalated to leading edges of demonRacy.
No, it's not just demographics ...it's mind poisoning.
Officer Stalien...my thanks to you that you do put on that uniform. Thank you. The problem in America is that America has kicked God out of their lives and out country. If we all obeyed the 10 Commandments there would be no need for police...there would be no crime and no hate....from the time they are born many are brainwashed with lies that turn into hate...even our history is mis-represented to all of America now and that only makes things worse. the progressive/marxist/communists have been working on their plans to destroy America for over 100 yrs...and like the boiling frog...many Americans are just waking up to that fact...and like ants are running around to try to get out of the way of the "boot"...fools have voted over and over again to put the same folks back in DC and even our cities and wonder why we have problems. It is not going to get better unless we unite, return to God and our Constitution and replace folks from our school boards on up. Liberals will never listen to your facts...to them it is ALL about the agenda and the ends justifying the means. What fools many Americans are...and so many zoned out on drugs...but that also is one of the 45 Communist Goals to Takeover America.....we need God and unity more than ever and skin color does not matter....what matters is if you are a progressive or a God loving Constitutionalist.
you nail it right on