The last couple of years, we’ve seen an unfortunate, growing sentiment of distrust for our men and women in blue. One city’s police department is taking steps to change that. Fort Worth officers wished locals a happy Thanksgiving by pulling them over for minor traffic violations and issuing them turkeys instead of tickets.
The department had turkeys left over from a community event earlier in the week. They decided to put them to good use and bring a little joy to people in the community. And of course, they taped it so we could see the awesome looks of surprise and gratitude on the driver’s faces.
Officer Calzada organized Operation Turkey in hopes that people would realize cops aren’t just trying to get them in trouble. “We wanted to let our citizens know that we’re not just out to give people tickets and take them to jail,” Calzada told ABC News. “We’re also here to serve our community.”
One of the officers giving out Thanksgiving turkeys was Anthony Colter, who pulled over five different motorists to surprise them. As he explains it, “Even though we do enforce traffic law and we do have some unpleasant decisions to make, we still are about the people.”
The officer’s goal to spread a message of kindness and unity really seemed to resonate. “I’m pleased to see it, because there’s so much hate in this country right now,” said Howard Miles, who was the lucky recipient of a turkey. “To see brotherly love, it’s very, very inspiring.”