Fayetteville chief: When I take this uniform off ... I, too, have those fears
Gina Hawkins, chief of police in Fayetteville, got choked up in explaining how her roles of chief, mother, African-American collide when she considers the death of George Floyd in police custody and the outrage that followed.
WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 1 P.M. BUT CHIEF HAWKINS, YOU TALKED ABOUT TWO ROLES. YOU HAVE THIRD ROLE. YOU ARE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN THAT IS ALSO A POLICE CHIEF. >> YES. >> WHAT DO YOU THINK -- DO YOU THINK YOU SHOULD BE CHIEF DURING THIS MOMENT? IS THIS A PARTICULAR MOMENT THAT YOU BELIEVE ALLOWS YOU TO LEAD IN A PARTICULAR AND APPROPRIATE WAY FOR WHAT'S HAPPENING? >> I BELIEVE ABSOLUTELY I'VE BEEN PREPARED BECAUSE I TOO WHEN I TAKE THIS UNIFORM OFF, HAVE THOSE THOUGHTS AND HAVE THOSE FEARS AND HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT SITUATION FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. SO ABSOLUTELY. I EMPATHIZE AND UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TWO ROLES, THE THREE ROLES, THE ANGER AND THE HURT THAT'S IN OUR COMMUNITY. SO ABSOLUTELY. >> YOU FEEL IT. SO ACUTELY BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE IN YOUR FAMILY COULD POTENTIALLY BE IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS. >> MY CHILDREN. ME WHEN I TAKE THIS UNIFORM OFF AND GO ACROSS ANY LINE. ME. I THINK ABOUT WHERE AM I GOING. WHAT'S THE NEXT DISTANCE AND MY ROUTE.