Winslow police chief helps kickoff ‘Pics for Peace’ challenge: #BlueFriday
This week's #BlueFriday honoree is Winslow Police Chief George Smith. Aside from all the great work he does to keep the community safe, a couple of young men from Winslow brought him to our attention after he took the time to sit down and have a talk with them about a very hot topic.
Andre Fooks, along with friends Nigel Newman and Aaron Grant knew that race relations with police across the country weren't good and they wanted to do something about it. So they decided that they were going to go down to the local police department and talk to an officer directly about what they could do to help. "Literally for two hours, he told us about how they're making all these changes and all these adjustments to make sure that police brutality is ended, not just not in our area but everywhere else."
Chief Smith challenged them to come up with an idea, seeing as how they came to the station with a purpose. Just before leaving Winslow said, they came up with the idea to snap a picture. "We didn't want it to just be about the African American community and the police officers. When a war starts, war doesn't choose its victims, everybody gets hurt by war. So let's make it a thing for everybody, every race. So, all you have to do is walk up to another person of a different race or a police officer of a different race and this goes for police officers too, just walk up and snap a picture and #PicsForPeace," says Fooks.
After explaining that there was no motive other than the opportunity to speak with the police chief, Chief Smith came out to speak with them.
Watch the full interview below:
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