Last September a Texan named Anthony Welichko decided to send a clear message to local law enforcement. He painted a thin blue line on the curb outside his San Antonio home and shared his “Safe Harbor” initiative to Facebook.
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The term “thin blue line” refers to police officers who make up the difference between ordered society and anarchy. Welichko’s gesture came soon after a Texas police officer was killed in the line of duty.
The Safe Harbor Initiative:
To all law enforcement who see this line, know that the residents of this home appreciate your service and dedication to keeping the peace. Know that when you enter the neighborhood and see these lines that you are not alone or without “back-upâ€. We do not need the media to make our voices of support for our police and emergency services heard (though it would be nice). Lastly, if you are in my neighborhood and mean to harm a member of law enforcement, know that decision may be hazardous to your health as someone has that officer’s back!
Welichko’s example spread like wildfire. After his post was shared nearly 100k times, people all over the nation began showing the thin blue line. From the teenager who put it on her car and the hundreds that followed suite, to the countless lunches bought for unsuspecting officers.
Given today’s current attitude towards our police officers, we need his message now more than ever.
Share and back the blue!
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