“Instructor Moore, the police are here and they are threatening to shoot my boy!”
This is a phone call recently received by ABC Youth Foundation President Billy Moore. Billy’s response was,
“Where are you? I’m on my way.”
Instructor Moore is not a Police Officer but he is a first responder in my book. He went to the scene and immediately the situation de-escalated. Not particularly by what he said in that moment but because of what he had been doing for the last 30 years. The police officers on scene recognized Instructor Moore because a few weeks ago they had participated in the Million punches from the heart campaign. The campaign is a partnership between ABC and local police departments. It’s as simple as ABC. The police officers get a chance to interact with the kids and staff of ABC while figuratively punching out racism, gang violence and mistrust of the police. Together all participants make an individual commitment to this theme. Situations like this is where the rubber meets the road. Instructor Moore was able to de-escalate the situation in a matter of minutes. The police were allowed to do what they were legally in the right to do and the young man was not harmed or disrespected.
This is the future of prevention. This is what our communities need. This is what ABC is about. If you would like to support us in our fight for the youth please donate now.