In the light of recent police shootings that have rocked the nation and brought about more tension between the black community and law enforcement, appreciation is being shown to officers who do police work and are loved by the communities they patrol.
Meet Officer Tommy Norman, a fun-loving police officer in North Little Rock, Arkansas that’s proving that not all cops are terrible and biased authority figures. The 18-year veteran is getting national attention thanks to the thousands of video clips of him being the picture perfect example of a good cop, an image rarely seen online and off.
From hanging out with the neighborhood kids, to collecting food, clothes, toys and donations, Officer Norman’s personal connection to the community he patrols is making him a social media favorite. The beloved cop’s social media accounts have grown substantially, courtesy of a few celebrity shout outs, including one from Taraji P. Henson. The Empire actress called Officer Norman a “great example of how police should interact with people in the community they police.”
The Game also started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000. The rapper, who recently held a peaceful protest at the LAPD headquarters with Snoop Dogg, said he’s trying to raise money to “stuff Officer Norman’s trunk with toys, goodies, food and other things to help him continue contributing to the kids and people in Little Rock, Arkansas.”
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Good morning world…… So as I told you yesterday, I had conversations with my oldest son @hvrlemtaylor about good cops & bad ones & he did his research & found officer @tnorman23's page & i was touched by how active he is in the black community where he polices. My son said, how does he help all of these kids & stuff, is he rich ??? I said I don't know if he's rich but sometimes it doesn't take much to help those in need son…… Being that my son is on vacation with his mother visiting relatives in Atlanta, Arkansas & Louisiana he wanted to do something for officer @tnorman23 in Little Rock so he delevoped a #GoFundMe to try & raise $10,000 so that officer @tnorman23 can stuff his trunk with toys, goodies, food & other things to help him continue contributing to the kids & people in Little Rock Arkansas….. (& BEFORE SOMEONE NEGATIVE PUTS IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, YES I COULD'VE GIVEN THE 10K MYSELF BUT THAT WOULDVE STOLEN THE JOY OUT OF MY SONS IDEA & HIS COMMITMENT & DEDICATION FOR SOMETHING & SOMEONE HE FELT TOUCHED BY). But as I type, I AM GOING TO DONATE THE 1st $1,000 !!!!!!!! Not only am I proud of my son for taking initiative, I'm thankful that I've raised him with such a pure heart regardless of the negativities he's seen me over come…… So please CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO & donate anything as small as $1 to the officers mission & together we will help a good soul continue being a super role model for other law enforcement & a life saver for the children of tomorrow…… As soon as the $10,000 goal is reached… The funds will then immediately be transferred from my @therobinhoodproject account by my charity's manager @ilndprncss to officer @tnorman23. "It takes a village to raise a child" & this good cop is going the extra mile for a lot of young African American children… #BlackLivesMatter to more than just #BlackLives #AGoodSonForAGoodCop #StayCommitted [Tag as many people to this post as you can & FOLLOW officer @tnorman23 NOW….. I'm really amazed by what he is doing !!!] again… PLEASE CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO & contribute ANYTHING you'd like… Let's see @hollywoodunlocked & @theshaderoom post this 🤔
With nearly 20 years of experience on the force, Officer Norman says he believes in friending the community instead of “driving up and down the street for eight hours with your windows up” because that forms a disconnect. “Park that car, get out, walk the streets, sit on some front porches and get to know people and their stories” Norman advised his fellow officers last year. Adding, “Everyone has a story. I don’t care if there are two kids out or two hundred, get out & engage & become a friend. That’s the only true way that bridging the gap will take place.”
Check out some clips below of Officer Norman being not just a terrific officer, but an amazing human being!