As the below photo recently went viral on social media, along with that came questions as to when and where the photo was actually taken. The real question is this : Does it really matter where or when it was taken?
This photo shows the bravery and dedication of this officer who is sworn to protect the rights of all Americans, no matter how egregious the acts of the individuals may be that he was sworn to protect.
This photo shows an officer who didn't just raise his hand, recite some "words" and sign on a dotted line. This is an officer that took that oath to heart, so much so that he will put his life on the line to protect and defend others rights -even when those rights are twisted into heinous, hateful intentions.
Unfortunately, some of our current officers are able to speak from experience on this topic, as Greensburg was the site of a "rally" years ago. They know how it felt for them at the time, but we cannot even begin to imagine what it felt like for the officer in this photo, with the color of his skin being one of the targets of the hate. Most of you reading this will thankfully never know the feeling of being put in that situation of having to defend something that you do not believe in. That feeling of knowing in your heart that the messages being spewed are against everything you believe in, but also having that duty to protect another's speech, all while keeping everyone safe from violence.
We do not know this officer personally, but we stand with him.