Black Cop: Overseers or Freedom Fighters?

June 11, 2017

Black cop…Black cop, Black cop…The black cop is the only real obstacle. Black slave turned black cop is not logical – KRS-ONE

With police brutality running rampant in Black communities, this song from KRS-ONE has become relevant again. If you haven’t heard it, take a listen.

KRS-ONE says it’s not logical…

The logical question is: why would a Black person sign up to be a Black cop?

It’s a tough question to answer. And as the son of a Black police officer, I have personally had to confront that question.

But there used to be something noble about being a Black cop. What if the time has come for us to revisit the nobility of Black people becoming police officers?

I know it’s natural to think and feel like the police are the enemy. And a Black police officer can easily be seen as a sell-out. But, what if there’s a different perspective?

In this episode I speak with Dpty. Chief Malik Aziz of the Dallas Police Department, and also Executive Director of the National Black Police Association. Listen to him and tell me if you think a Black police officer can be a valuable part of the revolution to improve policing in America. You can also watch us chop it up on the YouTube Channel.

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What questions do you have for Malik Aziz? How would you challenge his perspective? He challenges you to let him know what Black law enforcement officers need to do in order to protect and serve the Black community. What do you say?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  1. The National Black Police Association
  2. Serpico Exposes Police Corruption

What are Your Thoughts?

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