Here’s Why a Georgia Officer Uploaded Car Wreck Photo on Facebook
A Georgia police officer’s decision to post a photo of a serious car accident on social media was informed by the need to change the narrative on what she calls “anti-police’ propaganda.”
Officer Kay Denton posted a photo on Facebook of officers responding to a car accident on Interstate 85 on July 30. In the photo, one of the officers can be seen comforting an injured a young child who was “scared to death,” she wrote.
“This officer was comforting a child who was injured in the accident. This child was an eight year old black male who was scared to death and had some internal injuries,” wrote Denton. “This officer laid on the ground with this child, cradling his head in his hand and talking to him to keep him calm.”
It was also the boy’s birthday, and he was serenaded by the same officer, who sang “happy birthday” to him, Denton added.
As she concluded her post, Denton lauded the exemplary service of her colleagues.
“THIS is why I’m a police officer, to help people, to be there for them no matter what the circumstances and no matter what skin color! I pray that this beautiful little boy is okay and I thank God that I work with some amazing officers who are so compassionate and caring! Thank you for making me proud to be your supervisor,” she concluded.
This week, in Halifax, Va., a pair of police officers pulled over unsuspecting motorists who were in violation of “vehicle code 1739″—a joke ordinance they made up stating that drivers can enjoy ice cream cones on a hot summer day. Police Chief Kevin Lands posted the video on his Facebook page on July 29 for his friends and family, but he hoped that with its viral success, it would change the public’s perception of law enforcement.
“I hope that especially in today’s climate people can see that cops are humans,” Lands told CBS News. “We like to have fun.”
He added, “All day long we do things like this. I hope people see that we are normal people too, and we are not against the public.”