Inmates Pen Powerful Letter To Police Department After Cop Is Killed
There’s a stereotype that prison inmates hate police officers and have nothing nice to say about them. What just happened in Gwinnett County in Georgia, however, shows that this is not always the case.
Last month, Officer Antwan Toney was killed in the line of duty while he tried to protect the people of Gwinnett. Since then, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office has received tons of offers of condolences from people all over the world. One letter that they received stood out from all the others, as it was signed by around twenty inmates who were doing time in the county’s local detention center.
The inmates wanted to offer their condolences about Toney’s death, and to thank the local police officers “on behalf of myself and a number of fellow prisoners who are currently serving time.”
“Though law enforcement and criminals may be considered opposites, the intrinsic value of a human life transcends those boundaries by far,” the inmates wrote. “Right is right and wrong is wrong. No matter the color uniform It is from this standpoint, in a spirit of gratitude and utmost respect that I submit this letter to honor all police officers, military personnel (sic) and first responders. Your service and sacrifice make the world a better place for all… THANK YOU.”
“In tribute to your courage and dedication, we present this communication that may serve to bring healing, restoration and forgiveness to the lives of all affected by the loss of this officer,” they continued.
The police department was so touched by the letter that they posted it to social media.
“Sheriff Butch Conway received a heartfelt letter from the most unlikely group of citizens expressing their sorrow at our loss and their support of law enforcement,” the department said. “The return address on the envelope is our own because the letter was sent by a group of inmates currently housed in our jail. We’re not including their names to protect their privacy, but we’re deeply appreciative of this act of kindness from these men. We think that Officer Toney would also be appreciative of their actions and we hope you are, too.”
We applaud these inmates for sending this letter and showing the world what can happen when we are all there for each other. Please keeps Officer Toney’s family in your thoughts and prayers.