"He had spoken about being bummed about the incident and that he was telling the truth and he hoped it wasn't being turned into a race thing because he was black," said Emada Tingirides, who is also black.
"I remember flat-out telling him this is a process; you're not going through this process because you are black. This has nothing to do with your color," she said. "If you're being honest, stick to that."
Phil Tingirides said the incident has helped give him perspective about the community he polices.
At 9 square miles, Southeast Area has roughly 45 homicides each year. Some residents asked why he "hunkered down" under such a threat, and he said he realized more so now what it's like to live with the threat of violence.
"I have a sense of how a lot of the community that we serve on a daily basis feels," Tingirides said.
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