This year brought up even more conversations about racial justice in our country, and the role modern policing plays in the fight for equality. In the spirit of continuing the conversation, Brittany and Heather speak with law enforcement officer, AJ, Heather’s husband. The Okayest Moms lead him through an open, honest conversation about the state of modern policing, and how it intersects with Black Lives Matter. Of course, no individual can perfectly capture every thought and feeling for a group as large and diverse as law enforcement. Brittany and Heather appreciate his willingness to speak from his own perspective and experiences and know that he does not speak for the entire group.
Who We Talked To
AJ has been in law enforcement for 10 years. He works for a large state agency, which has brought him to the Bay Area, as well as the Sacramento area. His position as officer has brought him to many different posts, and most currently works as a Public Information Officer with a focus on building and maintaining relations with the community his officer serves.
WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT
- How law enforcement has changed over the last 10 years
- How AJ’s mental health has suffered as a result of the demands of the job
- The nuances of supporting law enforcement and Black Lives Matter at the same time
- Thoughts on the Thin Blue Line flag
THINGS WE MENTIONED
We have an open conversation about modern policing, and the challenges facing law enforcement. AJ shares how the demands of the job have caused mental health challenges, and how he has overcome them. He also shares insights into what he thinks clouds the judgement of some officers, and where he thinks law enforcement needs to go to build bridges.
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