A black Florida police officer is speaking out amid increased tensions between the black community and his brothers in blue.
Jay Stalien, a law enforcement officer in Palm Beach County, revealed on his personal Facebook page Saturday something that he said "may be a shock to some coming from an African American."
Stalien recalled hearing about and seeing "black on black" crime as he was growing up. He said it "never sat right" with him that individuals of the same race were killing each other — and that's where he noticed a role for him to play.
"I wanted to help my community and stop watching the blood of African Americans spilled on the street at the hands of a fellow black man," Stalien wrote. "I became a cop because black lives in my community, along with ALL lives, mattered to me, and wanted to help stop the bloodshed."
Stalien went on to contrast several "complaints" from black protesters with "facts" about black people dying as the result of violence.
He pointed out that while some have focused on the number of blacks who have been killed by police in recent years the number of whites who were killed at the hands of police is actually higher, according to FBI data.
He also challenged the claim that blacks are targeted by police and that more blacks get arrested than whites.
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," he added.
As for the complaint that more black people get arrested than white people, Stalien rebutted by saying that "black people commmit a grossly disproportionate amount of crime."
Stalien continued his post by saying, "All of my realizations came to this conclusion. Black Lives do not matter to most black people."
"Only the lives that make the national news matter to them. Only the lives that are taken at the hands of cops or white people, matter," Stalien wrote. "The other thousands of lives lost, the other black souls that I, along with every cop, have seen taken at the hands of other blacks, do not matter."
More from Stalien's post:
I realized that some in the African American community’s idea of 'Justice' is the prosecution of ANY and EVERY cop or white man that kills or is believed to have killed a black man, no matter what the circumstances are. I realized the African American community refuses to look within to solve its major issues, and instead makes excuses and looks outside for solutions. I realized that a lot of people in the African American community lead with hate, instead of love. Division instead of Unity. Turmoil and rioting, instead of Peace. I realized that they have become the very entity that they claim they are fighting against.
I realized that the very reasons I became a cop, are the very reasons my own people hate me, and now in this toxic hateful racially charged political climate, I am now more likely to die... and it is still hard for me to understand... to this day.
(H/T: Young Conservatives)
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