As recent police shootings sparked protests and violence in American cities, a police officer from Tulsa posted an emotional plea on social media.
Popsey Floyd is an officer with the police department of Tulsa, Oklahoma where last week’s fatal shooting by police of an unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher, set off a wave of mourning and protests.
“I work for you. I will protect you,” Floyd wrote Monday in a post on Facebook. “I know you may be upset about the recent events all over the country and now here in Tulsa. I don’t have the answers that you are looking for, but I will continue to be the solution.”
Floyd offered a suggestion for those wishing to see a change in the system.
“The Tulsa police department is hiring,” he wrote. “If you believe that change is required, please join the department and be the change that you are seeking.”
Becoming a Tulsa police officer was a life-long dream for Floyd who said it’s been “emotional” dealing with the aftermath of Crutcher’s death.
“I understand that people are not mad at me personally. I understand that you know, it’s not a personal deal, as a whole,” Floyd told KJRH TV. “But it’s still kinda hard because…you still have to go to work and outside of what’s going on in the world, outside of what makes the news, there’s still all these other calls.”
Floyd understands the public’s feelings of mistrust and fear.
“I know the feeling. I grew up in north Tulsa. Prior to me joining the department, nobody in my family was a police officer. I grew up thinking you had to be scared of the police just based on stories that I heard,” Floyd said.
Despite negative and harsh comments by some, Floyd is determined to keep serving his community.
“I read the posts. It affects me. I have kids, I have a wife and it affects me,” Floyd said. “So I want them to know that…things go on in the world, you know. We listen, we pay attention, and we support you.”
A native of Tulsa, Floyd has been with the police department for six years and hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of those in the community.
“I may not have been part of this situation, but I am part of the team, so it’s my part, to be part of the solution.”
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