Recent media coverage has caused a lot of police officers to be on edge lately, as well as it should. The world is changing, and for some reason, suddenly the violence level towards police officers is heightened more than it ever has been before.
Police stations across the nation are keeping their guard up a lot more than they used to have to, due to recent events that have occurred. Detroit, is one of the many cities, that realizes they need to watch their back more than normal these days.
Detroit has been going downhill for a while now. A lot of their decline has to do with the economic recession that happened back in 2008, to where their financial status, especially regarding motor vehicle sales and distribution declined. Ever since, it seems like Detroit's violence and crime rates have skyrocketed as a result of this.
On top of this, the war on cops and the racial issues that have been occurring--Black Lives Matter, Police Lives Matter--have been on the rise as well. The crime rate is not helping with the already established race war that has been the focus of the media lately. Detroit is known as a dangerous city - because of it police lives have become a target.
Detroit police officers are already on edge as it is, so when a nine-year old little girl walks into the police station with people behind her, not to mention she is also reaching into her bag for something, you can only imagine how many officers immediately went into full alert mode. The announcement she made surprised every single officer at the station.
The nine-year-old, Samya McLaughlin, announced to all of the officers that it was her birthday. With her parents standing right behind her, she reached in her bag and pulled out several handmade lunches she had made for all of the officers at the precinct. She had birthday plans already, with a cake, and a party to boot, but after seeing everything that was going on against cops in the news, Samya canceled her plans, and headed to the police station instead.
Samya's parents did not want to sugarcoat the real world issues that were going on all around them. Samya saw the news, the race wars, the war against cops, and started asking questions. Her parents answered them, to give her a glimpse of what the world can really be like from time to time. When Samya saw all of the negative things happening and being said about police officers, she wanted to do something about it.
Using her own money, she made lunches for the officers that included sandwiches, chips, fruit, and a cookie. She did this to show the police officers that their lives do matter, and that what they do is very important to the community. Samya didn't want to spend her birthday without knowing for sure that these police officers knew they were appreciated. And boy, did they sure feel appreciated from her act of kindness.
"I was thinking that I should feed the police officers because I wanted to show them that I support them and I thank them for all that they do. I wanted to show them that all lives matter."
As if what Samya did wasn't kind and generous enough, after she stopped at the police station, she then stopped by the homeless shelter to pass out 30 more lunches to the homeless. All of the lunches that Samya made for everyone that day came out of her very own pocket, money she easily could have purchased a toy or something else for herself on her birthday.
Samya's parents couldn't be more proud of her. Her father, Sam Walker, said:
"It makes you feel proud. She has a big heart and she knows how to care, and she knows how to appreciate what's going on."
It is nice to see that this young little girl did a selfless act to show law enforcement officers that their lives do matter--for in fact they really do.
Watch this video to see a recap of Samya's surprise.
Despite everything that is going on around our country right now, we must remember that we are all human beings, which is one thing that we have in common, despite our religious or political beliefs, the color of our skin, or what our gender or sexual orientation is. In the end, all of our lives matter.