I never believed in the “you are a product of your environment” theory. I am the Son of two Immigrants who came to this country with nothing. I was the kid who was surrounded by gang violence and drugs while growing up. I am the African American man born and raised in Brooklyn, NY who decided to become a cop, and do something about it. I am the Cop, who is still hated by those from his community for the choice that he made.

Growing up in New York City, a big city with people from all different races, ethnic backgrounds, and walks of life,…allowed me to learn the most important lesson: It doesn’t matter where you are from or what your skin color is. Life is all about the choices that we make. I am the product of my choices.