In The Wake of Hatred Against Police, These Good Stories Could Melt Your Heart
Police officers impact the lives of countless people every day. You may hear only about the negative things, but the fact is that there are far more positive interactions than negative. The hatred against police and calls for defunding is not just unwarranted, it’s plain foolish. Here are two examples of some amazingly supportive situations that contradicts the hatred viewpoint.
A single Mom in Kansas City, Missouri, found a dollar bill in the parking lot of her local grocery store. She bought a scratch lottery ticket with it and won $100. It was what her 12 year old daughter suggest she do with the winnings that brought attention: she donated it all to a police officer who was shot on July 2 so that his family could “eat and go see him.” That single Mom is Black.
Shetara Sims took her daughter’s advice. She called the Kansas City Police department and told them of her desire to donate the $100. Shetara recently lost her job, and was having trouble making ends meet. Even though the police urged her to keep the money, she insisted. Her 12 year old daughter Rakiya Edmonson had a sister that was killed in October 2012. The police helped them at that time, and they were grateful. Being grateful destroys the hatred against police.
“The detectives were really there for us. They were there for us more than anyone I can imagine. They did things they didn’t have to do. They came to see my kids. They did a lot. They were fathers, therapists. They were everything. I never seen the empathy that they had from strangers. They just gave us hope. They were good for us.” Shetara Sims
The Police were touched deeply by Sims’ gesture. So much so that they started a GoFundMe account that is now up to over $23,000 for her. They are helping a “woman with a heart of gold.”
In another case of honoring police, the Lighthouse Baptist Church wanted to do something to let their local police officers know that they are supported. They gave all 23 officers on the Jonesboro police department $1,000 each in a ceremony on July 4. They wanted to combat the narrative of hatred against police.
Their act received so much attention that their Pastor was invited to the White House for a roundtable discussion on policing.
One of the recipients of that gift paid it forward by giving the money to an elderly woman who couldn’t afford to pay her utility bills.
“I think small towns all over America feel like we do: that we want our voice to be heard, that we love law enforcement – our local police officers. And if we can do something to support them and encourage them, then that’s what we want to do. And we feel very good about what we did.” Lighthouse Baptist Church pastor Perry Cleek
Featured photo: Screenshot of Shetara Sims and her daughter via WGHP