Raleigh officer pays tribute to comrades for actions during recent riots
Raleigh police officer Tom Webb said he simply couldn't stay silent after the violence the city experienced the weekend of May 30-31. So he posted a moving tribute on Facebook to his fellow officers, who he says worked around the clock during a "confusing and scary time" and "performed under extremely difficult circumstances at the highest level."
SO HE KNEW WHAT TO DO. >> SMART KID. THERE ARE SO MANY PERSPECTIVES AND VOICES THAT ARE GETTING DROWNED OUT BY RECENT DIVISION IN OUR COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE PROTESTS. A LOT OF ANGER HAS BEEN DIRECTED AT POLICE OFFICERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. WRAL'S AMANDA LAMB TELLS US ABOUT ONE OFFICER WHO IS SHARING HIS FEELINGS ABOUT IT ALL ONLINE. >> REPORTER: THIS IS ONE WAY PEOPLE ARE EXPRESSING THEMSELVES THESE DAYS. WE FOUND ONE RALEIGH POLICE OFFICER EXPRESSING HIMSELF ONLINE WITH A POWERFUL MESSAGE. RALEIGH POLICE OFFICER, TOM WEBB, SAYS HE SIMPLY COULDN'T STAY SILENT. AFTER THE VIOLENCE THE CITY EXPERIENCED THE WEEKEND OF MAY 30 AND 31st. HE POSTED A MOVING TRIBUTE TO HIS FELLOW OFFICERS. WHO HE SAYS WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK DURING A CONFUSING AND SCARY TIME. A DYNAMIC AND EVOLVING SITUATION. AND PERFORMED UNDER EXTREMELY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. HE SAYS IT IS NOT EASY BEING POLICE OFFICERS, WHEN YOU ARE SCREAMED AT AND PELTED WITH ROCKS, BOTTLES, AND CANS. BUT HE SAYS THE OFFICERS HELD THE LINE. ULTIMATELY, BRINGING CALM TO CHAOS. HE SAYS RALEIGH POLICE ARE EXPERTS IN HANDLING PROTESTS. AND THAT THE CHIEF LED THEM THROUGH THIS CHALLENGING EXPERIENCE WHERE THEY DID EVERYTHING FROM PUT OUT FIRES TO SPEAK WITH COMPASSION TO THE ACTUAL PROTESTERS THAT WOULD SPEAK. WEBB SAYS HE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD TO WEAR THIS UNIFORM. AND URGES OTHERS IN HIS PROFESSION TO STAY STRONG. THE VOICE OF A POLICE OFFICER IS ONE WE DON'T OFTEN HEAR. AND SOMETIMES WE CAN LEARN A LOT FROM JUST LISTENING TO ONE ANOTHER. AMANDA LAMB, WRAL NEWS,