Residents in South Dakota city bought two billboards to launch campaign supporting law enforcement
A group of South Dakota town used the city’s billboards to place the social ad supporting law enforcement trying to push back against attacks on the officers amid the nationwide growth of anti-police moods.
Kirby Proehl initiated the act to buy two billboards in Sioux Falls. His idea surprisingly found the public’s feedback and there was no problem with getting money to realize this idea.
The message on the billboard located near 41st Street and Sycamore Avenue says: "THANK YOU LAW ENFORCEMENT. Paid for by your law abiding citizens."
"What compels me, and so many others working with me, is to say thank you to the overwhelming amount of ethical law enforcement out there, at a time when they need to hear it most," Proehl told the newspaper. "Police have a very difficult job. In the current environment, they have nearly an impossible job.
"So, let's offer some humanity when it seems to be in limited supply today because I believe it to be contagious," he added. "And if law enforcement feels the compassion, I assure you that they will spread it too when they are out protecting our community."
Another member of the group, Rob Thurston said that their aim for the campaign “is extremely large.”
“It’s pretty basic but it gets the point across,” Thurston said.
CNN reports that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms believes that the city’s police department morale is down “tenfold.” And Los Angeles Police Department supervisor said morale in his department "is the worse he's seen it since the aftermath of the 1992 riots."
On Saturday the residents of Sioux Falls took to the streets to express their support to the police and demanding to “back the blue.” About 100 people attended the rally, organized by Lloyd Ringrose.
Photo by Abigail Dollins/Argus Leader