The 7-foot-1 O’Neal has been a deputy marshal in Lafayette, La., a reserve police officer in Florida, and he was sworn in as a sheriff’s deputy in Clayton County last year.
--“It’s just a disconnect between people and police that I haven’t seen in a long time.”
--“The gap between law enforcement and communities is too spread out. When I was coming up, police were real respected. I don’t know how it’s gotten so far apart, but I know in the community that I live in, I know that I could change some of that.”
--“The plan is to really preach accountability, to really preach respect and really teach to treat people as human beings.”
--“You can’t tase an old lady. For example, you can’t put a 6-year-old in handcuffs. Can’t do it. Not going to do it.”
--“With the kids, you can’t talk to the officer like that.”