There is no denying the anti-cop sentiment that is wafting around the nation as of late. Recently, thanks to the now infamous former 49er Colin Kaepernick, a large number of NFL players are kneeling for the national anthem in the name of “police brutality”.
Recently, the TCU College Republicans hosted a “Coffee with Cops” recently. This is a part of Hannah Saffle’s—who holds the office of College Republican Activism Chair—Back the Blue campaign.
When asked why it was important to initiate a campaign to support law enforcement Saffle said, “I am tired of my generation being labeled as anti-cop. I, alongside those helping with this whole event, am trying to prove that many exist in this generation that wants to uphold the values of police safety and protection in our communities.”
The event consisted of coffee, donuts, and a few TCU PD officers who were more than happy to come out and say good morning to the students. The Coffee with Cops event is the first event in this year-long campaign from fall 2017 to spring 2018. Next semester, TCU CRs will host the “Back the Blue” week consisting of a few tabling events where officers from the TCU Police Department and Fort Worth Police Department to come out and talk with students and answer questions. The week will end with a fundraiser Barbeque. The proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing bulletproof vests and helmets for FWPD officers.
The TCU College Republicans hope to get other political groups on campus involved in this campaign, working to prove that this issue is not a partisan one, but a cultural one. Saffle says, “law enforcement deserves support from everyone.” Be sure to keep an eye out next semester for the “Back the Blue” campaign.