George Floyd’s death can never be reversed, but through his tragic passing others have sparked a call for change. Riots broke out across America leaving headlines with fiery photos on every publication.

Roman Reigns called racism a “life ending disease” in a statement on the matter. Others have spoke out about how this changes life for their children. Titus O’Neil and Jey Uso both shared that concern.

Mustafa Ali has a different viewpoint because he was a police officer in Chicago for years. Ali stated that he became a police officer because he “believed the only real way to bring change to policing is from within.” He said a lack of empathy “allows you to kill.”

As a former officer himself, he continued to explain how things need to be changed from within the system. He understands why African Americans have such a distrust in police, but it is the police’s responsibility to change that perception.

I’m a former police officer. I joined the force because I believed the only real way to bring change to policing is from within. I remember being told “empathy will get you killed.” No, lack of empathy allows you to kill. We have to change policing from within.

The point of all this is simple; society and specifically our African American brothers and sisters have a justifiable distrust with the police. It’s the responsibility of the police to fix that issue but they won’t. Thus, it is on us, as a society to force that change from within

Hopefully, one of the results from this entire awful situation is the kind of change that Mustafa Ali was talking about.

Felix Upton

Felix Upton has been writing professionally since 1989. His first writing job was penning advertisements for local newspapers around New York. After selling his grandfather’s pinball repair shop back in 2017, he was hired on for publish news for Ringside News.

Disqus Comments Loading...