A Black officer died by suicide, leaving anguished videos. Another officer recognized his pain.

March 7, 2021

By Hannah Knowles and Lateshia Beachum

From the article: "...The strain of being a Black officer and the complicated internal and external conflicts that accompany that position are nothing new, said Tracie L. Keesee, senior vice president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity.

“What is really becoming aware to a lot of folks is extra added pressure of being in a culture or environment that is not supportive of or is counter to your views,” she said.

Edwin Debiew said he has dealt with hostility within and outside of his department during his time as a law enforcement official at state and federal agencies. He recalled White citizens who refused to cooperate with him, not believing he was truly in service, and also a White co-worker telling him “it’s always your people..."

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