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Jul192016

Kirk Franklin shows love to law enforcement, says 'Thank You' 

Photo Credit: Kirk Franklin InstagramArticle By Nancy Hall // EEW Magazine News

At a time when relationships among law enforcement officers across America and African-American communities are tense, a Gospel artist is showing the positive side of things.

GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, Kirk Franklin, posed for a picture with an unnamed police officer and posted it on Instagram.

“He asked if he could take a picture with me, then I asked if I could take a picture with him,” the “Wanna Be Happy?” songwriter captioned the photograph, ending with the hashtag, “#thankyou,” expressing appreciation for the work of good police.

A day earlier, the 46-year-old vented his frustration over the killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge.

“So how does this fix the problem? How does this create an environment for dialog that heals?” he questioned after a former Marine shot and killed the officers less than two weeks after Anton Sterling was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide.

Franklin said of the murders, “This is a crime, a sin, and an act of terrorism. MY GOD! You cannot justify EITHER! That black man or that white officer need the same protection!"

3 slain Baton Rouge officersHe continued, "Soon this will be Syria! I'm getting tired of it all. AND STOP BLAMING GOD WHEN WE'VE TURNED AWAY FROM HIM!!”

The gunman, Gavin Long of Kansas City, who turned 29 the day he perpetrated the crime, took the lives of Montrell L. Jackson, 32; Matthew Gerald, 41; and Brad Garafola, 45.

Perhaps showing kindness as Franklin and the officer did to one another, as well as presenting a united front, will help start the healing process in our communities.

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