A Texas man is showing his support and appreciation of police by literally using the term "the thin blue line" and encouraging people through social media to paint one on curbs across America.
"This idea came to me as a way to show our law enforcement professionals that they are supported and appreciated. Too much attention ( in my opinion) is being given to those who wish our first responders harm and not enough to the majority that appreciate the risks these fine men and women take every day to protect us," Anthony Welichko of San Antonio wrote on Facebook.
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"This is not an organized movement requiring one to join, sign-up or reach out for permission. If you wish to show your support the same way I have then grab a can of paint and go for it. I have come to understand that many utility companies also use a blue line to mark water lines. If this is the case in your area then add a little something else to it. Or, in the case of those without a curb, use a large rock or a nice block from the hardware store. This initiative has grown into what I had hoped, the silent majority coming together to show our police they are not alone, are greatly appreciated and fully supported in our communities," he added.
Welichko has named the idea the "Safe Harbor Initiative," and posted the following call to action to his Facebook page with a photo of a blue line on a curb:
"To all law enforcement who see this line, know that the residents of this home appreciate your service and dedication to keeping the peace. Know that when you enter the neighborhood and see these lines that you are not alone or without 'back-up.' We do not need the media to make our voices of support for our police and emergency services heard ( though it would be nice). Lastly, if you are in my neighborhood and mean to harm a member of law enforcement, know that decision may be hazardous to you health as someone has that officers back!"
That post, which received almost 80,000 shares has gone beyond the pages of Facebook and onto curbs around the country, according to the San Antonio news station KENS 5.
"The war against police, if you will, gets a lot of attention. I get the sense that the officers themselves aren't seeing that support," Welichko told the outlet.