I have always honored and respected the State Highway Patrol Troopers and will continue to do so. The recent incident of the two troopers' so-called "prank," was not a prank. Their act was due to their ignorance, childishness and disrespect of the African Americans (for the record, I am a white U. S. citizen). In all of my life, I have never heard of any state troopers pulling such a distasteful stunt.
Their punishment of being fired does not fit the crime. My feelings of their being fired, is just a slap on hand; they should have been fined and even given a jail sentence.
This is so ironic, but the troopers' fund-raiser called me to ask for a donation because I have always donated to the troopers in the past, because they do have a heart-breaking and dangerous job; they risk their lives every day and they have to be the ones who knock on people's doors at 4 a.m. to inform family members that their loved one was killed in an accident.
This year again, they asked if I would be willing to donate to the charity for the troopers, and the first thought that crossed my mind was the KKK stunt of our local two troopers. Regardless, I donated to the Society of State Highway Patrol Troopers. I hope that just because these two individuals did such a disgraceful act, does not discourage people from donating to their Society. Two men acting the way they did, does not mean that all of the troopers feel that way and any mature adult will not categorize all troopers by what two troopers did.