With Thanksgiving being about a week away, one police department in a Texas city is spreading the joy of the giving season by surprising drivers with turkeys instead of tickets.
WFAA-TV reports that police in Fort Worth are using Thanksgiving to not only spread holiday cheer but also improve the way the public views police officers. At a time when police officers are being shot simply for wearing a badge and with Black Lives Matter anarchists chanting in the streets for the murder of cops, it can be an uphill climb for police departments to get some members of the public to see them in a positive light. So, the Fort Worth police department decided to surprise people stopped for minor traffic violations with turkeys instead of tickets.
— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) November 17, 2016
The giveaway was organized by Officer G. Calzada. Speaking with ABC News, he said, “We wanted to let our citizens know that we’re not just out to give people tickets and take them to jail; we’re also here to serve our community.”
One man, Charles Miller, was on his way to the hospital to pick up his wife after her knee surgery. He forgot to use his turn signal and was stopped by police. Much to Mr. Miller’s surprise, the officer gave him a turkey instead of a ticket which resulted in a huge grin from Miller. He also responded, “I’m going to tell everyone. I’m going to show ’em my turkey too!”
Howard Miles was also the recipient of a surprise turkey. He summed up this outreach by police in a beautiful way.
“I’m pleased to see it, because there’s so much hate in this country right now,” said Howard Miles, who took home a turkey. “To see brotherly love, it’s very, very inspiring.”
Officer Anthony Colter spoke about the Thanksgiving giveaway saying, “Even though we do enforce traffic law and we do have some unpleasant decisions to make, we still are about the people.”
h/t The Blaze