BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Last week the news was filled with videos and reactions of the onslaught of assaults against New York City police officers as people soaked on-duty cops with buckets of water.
It was a complete show of the lack of respect and anti-police feelings that have become so familiar these days.
But now, in a completely flip-flopped move, New Yorkers have banded together in one city neighborhood to show their appreciation for the cops that are protecting them on a daily basis.
Instead of attacking officers with water, embarrassing them and pressuring them to make a move (and we all know how that would have turned out in the media), residents from Canarsie put on a free carwash for NYPD cruisers.
Volunteers gathered on Saturday to help make the event an overwhelming success.
People who gathered to help show their commitment to public safety and their appreciation of the work that officers do every day say they hoped activities like this would help to strengthen the relationship between the community and the police department.
Brooklyn News 12 spoke with Commanding Officer Terrell Anderson of the 69th Precinct.
Officer Anderson said that he doesn’t believe the recent water attacks reflected the community as a whole.
“Seeing them put in that position is very difficult, but at the same time, we’re not going to let a couple of incidents be a reflection of the city as a whole or these neighborhoods as a whole,” said Terrell Anderson, deputy inspector of the 69th precinct. “We have to re-establish what’s a little bit too far. We want to engage with the community, but that doesn’t mean we need to be embarrassed or for our uniform to be disrespected.”
The event was organized by local activist Kenny Altidor, known to the community as “Kenny the Artist”.
Kenny has painted numerous murals in memory of fallen NYPD officers and felt that in light of the recent acts of blatant disrespect toward officers, he needed to show them some love.
In all, over two dozen volunteers, both adults and kids alike, showed up on Saturday to help give the NYPD cruisers a new shine.
“We have to re-establish what’s a little bit too far. We want to engage with the community, but that doesn’t mean we need to be embarrassed or for our uniform to be disrespected.”
NY1 News reported that during the event, other drivers showed their support for the police and volunteers by sounding their horns.
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This is incredible reminder that there are still good people out there who know the difference between right and wrong.