TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — With viral videos of police officers shooting black suspects, tensions have been rising across the country. Demonstrations against police departments have ended with tear gas and arrests.
In Tampa, officers have received baked goods, pastries and thank you cards attached to balloons.
“I had several residents come to the district. There was so much food coming to the district with pastries, baked goods, telling the officers how much they thanked them for what they do every day and they believe that they care for them,” said Tampa Police Captain Yvette Flynn.
Flynn has been going to TPD district offices to talk with officers about their concerns and the response they’ve been seeing on the street.
” I thought we were going to see a lot of tension this weekend because it was fresh and it was all over the media, but in turn we saw the complete opposite here,” said Flynn.
As she attended marches over the weekend in Tampa, Flynn took the time to listen to those around her.
“They were walking to say yes, we need open dialogue and we need conversation but we also support our law enforcement,” said Flynn.
Chris Jackson with “Together We Unite” says it’s time for everyone in the city to talk to one another, instead of standing across the street shouting at one another.
“What we’ve seen nationwide is widespread is that people are angry. We all know that they are angry. We all know that there’s issues that need to be resolved. However, none of those issues can be resolved and addressed if we don’t unify,” said Jackson.