Lt. Yulanda Williams (Emily Harger)

In March 2015, federal court filings revealed racist and homophobic texts sent by San Francisco Police Department officers. The messages referred to black officers in the department, including Lt. Yulanda Williams, a seasoned SFPD officer.

The text message scandal set off a public controversy about bias, racism, and complicit silence within the department, which Williams said was indicative of a widespread problem within the SFPD and their treatment of minority officers and minority communities.

Williams says she has no plans to stop speaking out.

“For me, my strongest weapon will never be my gun,” she says. “For me, my strongest weapon will be my mouth, and then, after my mouth, my knowledge.”

A film by Emily Harger