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Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP

Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP

For the past year, the country has been embroiled in a heated discussion on policing. After the high-profile killings of several unarmed African Americans, President Obama launched the task force on 21st Century Policing, which aims to reform outdated and ineffective tactics by calling on stakeholders to identify best practices and make recommendations to the president.

Despite President Obama’s push to encourage departments to change, the biggest catalyst for reform has come in the wake of devastating tragedy. Back in April, Baltimore raged after 25-year-old Freddie Gray suffered a severed spine while in police custody. Gray’s death shined a light on decades of police misconduct and prompted many to demand change.

While Black folks have long complained about police mistreatment, cops who speak out are often penalized for crossing the blue wall. But one former officer is speaking out, and what he has to say is startling.

Retired Baltimore Police officer Michael A. Wood Jr. took to Twitter to share some of his experiences on the job. Wood, who’s also a Marine vet, recounted horrific misconduct he both witnessed and participated in during his 11 years on the job. While stories of police abuse are common in communities of color, hearing it first hand is even more astounding.

Take a look at some of Wood’s disturbing tweets.

Wood also addressed critics who questioned why he was speaking out now.

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