This issue has been in the public arena for a few years now. Some reasons for the increased public concern for First Responder safety may include a general focus on gun-related crime, attention being brought to officer-related shootings by the Black Lives Matter movement, and a quantifiable, but slight, spike in violence against law enforcement officers this year.
Statistically, however, violence against law enforcement is down from an historic high during the mid-1970’s, when the average number of police officers killed in the line of duty reached around 280 a year. In fact, current numbers are even down significantly from 2010, when more than 175 officers were killed in action, including 61 gun-related fatalities and 6 assaults.
And, According to the FBI, there was an almost 20 percent decrease in the number of felonious deaths of police officers between 2014 to 215.
The sign has been photographed and shared on Facebook over six thousand times, with another ten thousand “likes.”
A number of people on both sides have commented on the restaurant’s policy, saying things like:
“That’s wonderful. I feel all restaurants should do this for the men and women who protect us,
even the men and women in the armed forces. God bless all who keep us safe.”- Sandra Lambrix
“Outstanding! Hurrah for KFC!”- Steve Wicker
“The Colonel would be proud. Keep up the good work”- Phillip Sebald
“Police are not allowed to accept gratuities. It is and can be viewed as a bribe or a pay-to-play scheme. Look it up yourself.”- Robert
“Awesome job you guys somebody’s finally decided to stick up for the police force but I have to say most people do…”- Patsy Burne
“I wish veterans could get that respect.”- Debra Johnson
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