INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A local group started after the shooting death of IMPD Officer Perry Renn is reacting to the latest tragedy in New York where two cops were shot and killed while sitting in a squad car.
The group is called Indy Going Blue for IMPD. It now has more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.
The two women who started the group in July say this is their way of saying thank you to those who protect us.
“I do hope that it makes a positive impact on their job and perhaps makes their job a little bit easier,” said Crystal Sutherlin, who co-founded the group.
The group is one of those responsible for the blue porch lights you see around town.
“For them to be able to drive down, through the neighborhoods they’re working in, see those blue lights shining they are feeling that there is a community behind them,” said Sutherlin.
It’s a feeling she fears they don’t get very often. Instead, they see stories like the two NYPD officers killed execution-style while sitting in their squad car. Or protests around the country after unarmed black men were killed by white officers, who won’t face charges.
“You know, so often in the news we don’t hear the positive stories about our officers and it’s just a good way for them, for us as a community, to be able to tell them that we really do appreciate what you do,” said Sutherlin.
She’s encouraging people to post on their Facebook page the positive things you may see police doing.
“If you catch one of our officers doing something wonderful, send a photo to the page. We’ll post it, we’ll give that officer as much of a thank you as we can,” said Sutherlin
The group is hoping to promote a sense of community.
“It’s not an easy job, they have to deal with criminals and criminals aren’t always nice,” said Sutherlin.
On Saturday night, IMPD reacted to the NYPD tragedy by tweeting:
Indianapolis police union president Rick Snyder issued a statement that reads:
Today we mourn the loss of our fellow officers around the country. Given today is Sunday, we humbly ask our community to reflect and pray for all police officers and their families, especially those grieving in New York and Florida. In the interim, the Police Officers of Indianapolis will continue to always get out of their cars and bravely serve our community. Blessed are the peacemakers.