Thousands Are Sticking Thin Blue Lines To Their Cars To Support Police Officers
When we were kids, the police were the safe place. "If you ever feel
threatened," they said, "find a police officer, they'll help you."
Recently, we've seen headlines that highlight some of the "bad apples"
of policing. Every batch has one or two and lately, they have been
getting all of the attention. This is not a fair representation of the
men and women who keep peace and order, often at the expense of family
relationships or worse. The time has come to remember the good cops who
don't get enough recognition for the job they're doing.
When Inspiration Meets Action
April Killingsworth is a manager of a Tangent Signs, a printing company in Texas.
April is also an appreciative citizen who wanted to show her support for local law enforcement in her own special way.
She felt compelled to make a statement that police officers and members of the public would notice and appreciate.
Time To Start Doing Something
April's idea was simple and wonderful, both in equal parts.
She took a strip of blue decal and stuck it to her rear windshield — then she posted it on Facebook, calling on others to make the same statement.
She was not expecting much in the way of a reaction.
The gesture was right and so was the sentiment; people wanted to show the force how they feel.
The Turn Out
She was not expecting much.
“When we first posted it, it was kind of a sporadic thing that morning,” she said.
“I asked my employee to cut a few blue stripes, and he asked how many and I told him five.
We’ll be lucky if five people even show up.”
More Than Anyone Expected
Those five strips didn't last long! The turnout April got was much bigger than she had ever imagined.
Car after car after car showed up outside of Tangent Signs, much to the surprise of the staff and, most of all, their caring manager.
The Idea Took On A Life Of It's Own
As the blue lines continued to make their appearance on the streets of April's town, others on Facebook decided to take the idea to another level.
Anthony Welichko painted a blue line on his curb to convey the same message of support and solidarity.
A Huge Success
The project was successful beyond belief and a lot of fun to work on.
They sold 1000 thin blue lines in just two days! The staff of Tangent Signs is exhausted but smiling.
"Supporting law enforcement in such a way makes it well worth it!"