Rocker Jon Bon Jovi donned a New York Police Department T-shirt on stage. Well-wishers delivered cookies to police in Cincinnati. In Mooresville, North Carolina, officers were treated by residents to a chili dinner.
At a time when many in the nation’s police community feel embattled, Americans across the country are making an effort to express their support.
The immediate catalyst for the surge of support was the execution-style killings of two New York City police officers on Saturday. For many of those making appreciative gestures, there also was a desire to counter the widespread protests – steeped with criticism of police – that followed grand jury decisions not to charge white officers for their roles in the deaths of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York.