Blacks know better than most that there is no systemic racism in policing. The past month has been surreal for Black police officers, who find themselves straddling the line between Black and Blue. Standing on the front lines with fellow police, they have been pelted with rocks and racial insults from Black Lives Matter protesters who say they don’t understand how a Black person can be part of a racist police system. Black officers say they have always faced greater challenges than White cops, but now they find themselves empathizing with the very protesters who are scorning them.
The Washington Times spoke with a half-dozen active or retired Black officers about their experiences. They all said they had experienced racism on the job, including refusals by White officers to speak with them and finding a noose hanging in their squad car.