Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer in Today’s Society
Officer Corey Saffold is a law enforcement professional in Madison Wisconsin, and is known in the community for his volunteerism and his work with youth of all ages and demographic backgrounds. In addition to his service throughout the city of Madison, Officer Saffold is entrusted by his superiors to do the sensitive work of policing in one of the city’s larger public high schools as a School Liaison Officer. In his talks, Corey discusses his experiences as a Black policeman in the wake of multiple, highly publicized killings of unarmed African-Americans by police officers. He also gives his frank and honest opinion, as a Black man and police officer, on many of the controversial killings of unarmed African-American men occurring in our country. Additionally, Officer Saffold will address the paradox of being a Black officer during a time when police are viewed as an enemy and are often not trusted, especially among the African-American community.
The shooting and killing of unarmed African-Americans has intensified already strained relations between the community and the police. As such, Officer Saffold will offer his strategy for engaging the community at large around these issues that have also affected him personally. Corey relays his personal experiences with law enforcement and how these experiences have helped to shape his approach to upholding the law throughout the city.
1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
Paradox of a Black Police Officer:
A black officer who witnesses the injustices that plague the black community at the hands of white officers, becomes targeted by white police culture when trying to bring about change from within. Ironically, that same officer is often rejected by his own community for representing an entity that has historically mistreated the black community.