The Hate U Give

One-Fifteen / Officer Brian Cruise Character Analysis

The white officer who kills Khalil. One-Fifteen thus acts as the overarching antagonist of the book—though he doesn’t appear in person after Khalil’s death—and comes to represent police brutality, systemic racism, and corruption in the police force. One-Fifteen is described as being in his mid-thirties to early forties with a buzz cut and scar above his lip. He frames his actions as the result of fearing for his life.

One-Fifteen / Officer Brian Cruise Quotes in The Hate U Give

The The Hate U Give quotes below are all either spoken by One-Fifteen / Officer Brian Cruise or refer to One-Fifteen / Officer Brian Cruise. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Collins edition of The Hate U Give published in 2017.
Chapter 12 Quotes

“That's the so-called gun,” Ms. Ofrah explains. “Officer Cruise claims he saw it in the car door, and he assumed Khalil was reaching for it. The handle was thick enough, black enough, for him to assume it was a gun.”

“And Khalil was black enough,” Daddy adds.

A hairbrush. Khalil died over a fucking hairbrush.

Related Characters: Starr Carter (speaker), Maverick Carter (speaker), April Ofrah (speaker), Khalil Harris, One-Fifteen / Officer Brian Cruise
Related Symbols: Khalil’s Hairbrush
Page Number: 217
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Chapter 14 Quotes

Funny. Slave masters thought they were making a difference in black people's lives too. Saving them from their wild African ways. Same shit, different century. I wish people like them would stop thinking that people like me need saving.

Page Number: 245-246
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“I knew that boy. Watched him grow up with you. He was more than any bad decision he made,” he says. “I hate that I let myself fall into that mind-set of trying to rationalize his death. And at the end of the day, you don’t kill someone for opening a car door. If you do, you shouldn't be a cop.”

Related Symbols: Khalil’s Hairbrush
Page Number: 256
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Chapter 16 Quotes

Ms. Ofrah says this interview is the way I fight. When you fight, you put yourself out there, not caring who you hurt or if you'll get hurt.

So I throw one more blow, right at One-Fifteen.

“I’d ask him if he wished he shot me too.”

Page Number: 290
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One-Fifteen / Officer Brian Cruise Character Timeline in The Hate U Give

The timeline below shows where the character One-Fifteen / Officer Brian Cruise appears in The Hate U Give. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
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...face, and notes that the officer is a white man with the badge number one-fifteen. One-Fifteen says he has pulled them over for a broken taillight and asks where they are... (full context)
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Finding nothing, One-Fifteen angrily tells Khalil to stay where he is and not to move while he walks... (full context)
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One-Fifteen shoots Khalil three times in the back. Starr watches in horror as blood spurts from... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...a detective, about Khalil’s shooting. Carlos reveals that he is on the same force as One-Fifteen and defends his colleague’s actions, saying Maverick always makes thing “about race” and questioning why... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...her hand, however, she flashes back to Khalil’s shooting, unable to separate Chris’s whiteness from One-Fifteen’s. She recoils. (full context)
Chapter 6
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Gomez and Wilkes ask Starr whether Khalil seemed “irate” after being pulled over by One-Fifteen, and assert that he was “hesitant” to get out of the car. Starr grows increasingly... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...death, she is worried about attending the funeral. She then pushes Carlos to explain why One-Fifteen has not been arrested yet. Carlos defends his colleague, saying one can never know how... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...for police accountability. She tells the church that the police have no intention of arresting One-Fifteen, and that Khalil was unarmed at the time of his death. This latter statement in... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...the streets. The police appear on screen and say they have no reason to arrest One-Fifteen. To Starr’s anger, the news makes it sound as though “it’s Khalil’s fault he died,”... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...hairbrush. In the darkness, the handle looked thick enough—and, Maverick adds, Khalil was black enough—that One-Fifteen allegedly mistook it for a weapon. Starr is horrified that Khalil died over such a... (full context)
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Ms. Ofrah tells Starr that One-Fifteen’s father will be giving a television interview on his son’s behalf. Realizing the whole world... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Maya flicks through channels and lands on the television interview with One-Fifteen’s father. Pictures of a smiling One-Fifteen with his wife and children flash across the screen,... (full context)
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One-Fifteen’s father goes on to say that his son “loved” working in Garden Heights and “wanted... (full context)
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As he tells the story of the shooting, One-Fifteen’s father paints a picture of Khalil’s death that is nothing like what Starr experienced. He... (full context)
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After the interview Hailey expresses sympathy for One-Fifteen, asserting that “his life matters too.” Starr is appalled by her sympathy, believing it rightly... (full context)
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...bruises on Carlos’ knuckles and puts things together: Carlos is on leave because he punched One-Fifteen in the face. The idea of her uncle fighting makes Starr crack up with laughter.... (full context)
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Carlos admits that the interview with One-Fifteen’s father made him rethink his earlier dismissal of Khalil as nothing more than a drug... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...there was no gun in the car, that she and Khalil posed no threat to One-Fifteen, and that the officer pointed his gun at her after killing Khalil. She says she... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...an announcement comes on the radio stating the grand jury has decided not to indict One-Fifteen. (full context)