A police department has come under serious fire for a rather embarrassing blunder regarding some suspicious thank you cards... Keep scrolling for the full story.
As thousands of people protest and riot against the unlawful death of George Floyd, tensions surrounding our police force have never been so high.
It all started last month.On Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.
George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
Where former police officer, Derek Chauvin, proceeded to kneel on his neck, while 3 other officers knelt on his back.
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...And, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."
After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.
An ambulance arrived and took the unconscious man to hospital but, devastatingly, he was pronounced dead upon arrival. He was only forty-six years old.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Protests have been taking place all over the world.From the United Kingdom to New Zealand, the global solidarity has been incredible to see.
But things have been quick to turn violent.Protesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It's a truly terrifying time.But change needs to be done and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
The riots have been raging on...And several people - protestors, rioters, and police officers alike - have been badly injured.
Police officers have been forced to resort to violence in order to maintain the riots...And this has only fueled the nation's anger further.
Tensions surrounding our police force are continuing to escalate.Police racism has been casually happening across our country for centuries, and it needs to end now.
But, while the protests rage on, more stories of genuine and kind police officers have been emerging.Last month, we heard about the story of the Sheriff who put down his hat and weapons to march peacefully with the protesters.
And, at a protest in Houston, Texas, this police officer was seen comforting a frightened little girl.A kind-hearted officer took the time to give a little girl, who had started crying as a result of the violence, a hug and some words of comfort.
But not all police officers have been gaining this kind of respect.
While countless officers have been commended for their solidarity during the riots, one police force has come under serious fire.
@Ar73Angel777 @iamsimeonb There are many good officers, just as there are many good people striving to make it ever… https://t.co/fnabj6tnlr— ♞ᐯ𝔞𝕄ℙ𝐲 αᶰ𝕛𝐢 💋 (@♞ᐯ𝔞𝕄ℙ𝐲 αᶰ𝕛𝐢 💋)1591229677.0
The Austin Police Department is the center of a Twitter scandal.
The department has been consistently sharing photos of their solidarity with protestors throughout the last week, but their latest move has angered a lot of people.
Thank you for speaking with us tonight. We see you. We hear you. We’re with you. https://t.co/t7FBER5Vn6— Austin Police Department (@Austin Police Department)1591332580.0
The department have apparently received a flurry of thank you cards from grateful residents.
They shared 2 photos of all their cards alongside the caption: "We can’t express enough how grateful we are to serve you, Austin. Our officers have been working around the clock during these unprecedented times and thank everyone who took the time to write and make our day a little brighter. #OneAustinSaferTogether #Thankful."
We can’t express enough how grateful we are to serve you, Austin. Our officers have been working around the clock d… https://t.co/gzbTYXkwdT— Austin Police Department (@Austin Police Department)1591465904.0
Here's a closer look.The envelopes are adorned with messages such as "u r appreciated" and "we are so thankful and grateful for all you do."
It seems legit, right?Well, some people aren't too convinced.
Eagle-eyed Twitter users noticed a significant detail in the photographs...
The letter "T" on all the envelopes all look oddly similar, don't they?
@Austin_Police I'm no detective, but.. https://t.co/Ntq7Ja9M7O— 'Stache (@'Stache)1591482386.0
Still not convinced?
Take a closer look... You have to admit, the handwriting is awfully familiar.
@Austin_Police oUtPouRING oF SuPPorT https://t.co/SxyRgmTOXp— Kno (@Kno)1591508169.0
And some of the written messages are a little questionable.
"I am cheering for you..." Really?
@Austin_Police I am cheering for you. I am. Me, your old pal "Family & Friends" https://t.co/38vucwHweA— hopeful monster (@hopeful monster)1591515560.0
It really is a spectacular blunder...
And you really would think they'd be able to cover it up a little more effectively than this, wouldn't you?
@Kno @Austin_Police You’d think they’d know a thing or two about faking evidence.— Ravin Boodram (@Ravin Boodram)1591532971.0
Since the discovery, the department has been accused of staging the full thing...
And people even think that they deliberately made one of their black officers take part, just to emphasize their "solidarity."
@Austin_Police This is so staged and sad I'm not even mad. "make sure we have a black officer and white officer i… https://t.co/xHE3Ls5Wzh— Oshry 2020 NG+ (@Oshry 2020 NG+)1591503391.0
And, to make things even worse...A Twitter user pointed out how the department had unlawfully shot both Justin Howell and Brad Levi Ayala, who are black, in the head.
And they even shot at those trying to help Justin and Brad...
So I highly doubt that flocks of people have been sending their cards of thanks... Do you?
@Austin_Police And since there will be people who will tell me that I should be ashamed for calling out the 'fine'… https://t.co/o6QzcV5eFH— Stephan Park (@Stephan Park)1591518576.0