Police officers are in a tough spot, to say the least, amid the unprecedented assaults they are facing from rioters. The movement kicked off by Black Lives Matter has rapidly expanded to include politicians calling for defunding or even abolishing police departments completely. While it’s almost unbelievable that this is what we’ve come to in America, there are still good people out there who are fighting for our officers and our country.
On Thursday, the Atlanta Police Foundation (APF), a private organization, sent a message of hope and support to Atlanta’s disheartened law enforcement community. The Gateway Pundit reported that the group announced they are sending a $500 bonus to every police officer in the city, in wake of the threat officers are facing following the Rayshard Brooks incident. APF said in a statement that they also intend to build a “framework” for police reform in their community, as well as replace 20 patrol cars that were damaged or destroyed during the race riots.
The blue-backing foundation was founded in 2003 to work with the city of Atlanta’s mayor, chief of police, and police department in reducing crime.
APF’s Dave Wilkinson discussed the group’s decision to donate more than $2 million in support to the city’s officers: “We felt like it was important at this time because the morale is at the level, there is the rumors of other officers leaving, and we just do not want to lose good police officers.”
The move came swiftly after reports that more than 50% of Atlanta’s police force called out on Wednesday night, due to the unjust charge against Officer Garrett Rolfe. Then, according to the TGP, only one singular officer showed up for work on Thursday morning in Zone 6.
On one hand, it’s more than understandable that officers are calling out in protest of their fellow officer being unjustly charged with murder. It’s important that the city understands what it’s like to be without a police force to respond to emergencies, especially if officers are just going to be punished for simply doing their job. In Brooks’ case, the officers were performing their duty by stopping him from posing a threat to them and the public alike after he resisted arrest and stole a taser, which qualifies as a deadly weapon. If Atlanta fires Rolfe for doing his job, then it defeats the purpose of having law enforcement. Officers might as well not show up.
On the other hand, the one brave officer who showed up to work Thursday morning deserves more than a bonus. He’s nothing less than a hero. Regardless of what happened, he still came to work to serve his community who needs him, even though police are unsupported and under attack.
APF’s bonus incentive is exactly the kind of privately-funded support law enforcement needs during a time like this, rather than waiting on a slow and unpredictable government response. The group recognizes that while police reform is needed, Atlanta’s police do not deserve the treatment they are getting from protestors or the city officials. They need all the help they can get to keep officers on the job to help everyday victims of crime.
Perhaps, if all private groups who back the blue did this nationwide, we would have a strong, empowered police force willing to take on and eliminate some of the anarchy rather than simply watching and waiting for elected officials to take action, which might never happen, and definitely not soon enough. Law and order must be maintained before we have only fragments of American society remaining.