Sadly, we have seen an alarming amount of Americans say horrible things about police officers over the last few years. During the Obama era, things got really bad. Remember how Obama was supposed to be the president that fixed race relations? Not so much. In fact, you can argue that things got significantly worse on that front during his time in the White House.
Cops were targeted with violence at a shocking rate. In New York City, Dallas, and other cities across the country, police officers were murdered simply for being police officers.
On top of that, police officers don’t get much love from celebrities or politicians. There were more celebrities out there willing to go along with the debunked “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative than celebrities who are proud to voice their support for law enforcement.
However, all hope is not lost. There are still some famous people out there who aren’t afraid to back the blue.
For example, check out what Taylor Swift just did…
From The Daily Caller:
Taylor Swift surprised the police department where Sgt. Delbert Pickney used to work by sending a heart-shaped wreath of roses in memory of the late police officer on Thursday.
Pickney, who founded two police programs during his years of service, died of a heart attack while on a hike last week in Claremont, California. On Tuesday the Tustin Police Department in Orange County received a condolence unexpectedly, which they shared on Twitter.
Taylor has done this sort of thing before.
From Fox News:
Swift has previously sent flowers to police departments in honor of recently deceased officers. In October, she sent flowers to the Los Angeles Police Department to honor a female officer who was injured during the Oct. 1 massacre in Las Vegas.
Here’s more on Sgt. Del Pickney.
From Orange County Register:
Over his 29-year career with the department, Pickney started two police programs that went national.
“It’s hard to find a piece of the agency he didn’t touch,” Police Chief Charlie Celano said of Pickney’s many accomplishments.
Pickney retired from his full-time position last year, but stayed on part-time as a master reserve officer.
After graduating from Westminster High, Pickney joined the Marine Corps, working as an air traffic controller in Okinawa, Japan.
His next stop was the Tustin Police Department in 1988. Two years later, Pickney was assigned to train future chief Celano.
“He probably could have become the police chief himself, but he preferred working alongside his officers,” Celano said.
Coworkers nicknamed Pickney “The Oracle,” Celano said. “He seemed to have an answer for every problem.”
Pickney is survived by his wife, Michele, and their two daughters, Ryan, 17, and Rachel, 15.
Taylor Swift. Class act.
Rest in peace, Sgt. Del Pickney.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]