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‘I am a black man. I am a police officer. But I am not Derek Chauvin. And I am not George Floyd. I am ME.’: Police officer shares powerful perspective, ‘I will always have a big heart’

“I listen to rap music. I wear baggie jeans, backwards hats off duty, and have tattoos all over my body. I’ve stepped in and arrested the man that assaulted your grandmother. I’ve given the socks off my feet to a homeless drunk who had no shoes. I am a black man. I am a police officer.”

‘In my rearview mirror I saw a small, dark SUV turn around and follow me. ‘What’s going on?’ The police jumped out and drew their guns.’: Military veteran details experiences with racism in and out of uniform

“I was told, ‘Your vehicle matches the description of a robbery.’ He cuffed me as two more squad cars pulled in front of my house. I explained to them I wasn’t the man they were looking for and to please check the security cameras. They handcuffed me in front of my kids. Not in my military uniform, I was no longer one of the ‘good ones.'”

‘We smiled and said, ‘I needed this today.’ White cop and black man, we were both hurting. We walked around for an hour, just listening to each other.’: Police officer urges ‘we must build change together’

“I told him I wished I was the cop who encountered Floyd, because he’d still be alive today. I told him there are good police officers out there. But most of all, I told him none of that matters, because I was there to listen. Calvin texted me a few hours later: ‘I believe things happen for a reason. We should see each other again.’ I believe him. Today, I listened. And today, I gained an ally and a friend.”

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