In the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, there has been growing tension between communities and law enforcement.
At Bakersfield College, one student athlete, PJ Roberts, who is black, is showing his support for local law enforcement and calling for officers to spread positivity.
(1/2) We are very proud to find out that our very own baseball student athlete, PJ Roberts (@pjroberts15) from @GoGadesBaseball, went out of his way to deliver this heartfelt letter of support and love to a @bakersfieldpd officer at on one of this weeks rallies. pic.twitter.com/Rzrm5pZSjS— ⚔️Renegade Athletics ⚔️ (@GoGadesGo) June 3, 2020
Roberts penned a letter to the Bakersfield Police Department saying, "I as a black teen in America am taught to fear police by society. Hate is not the way, your voice is much stronger than mine. I pray daily that good officers spread positivity, love and kindness into the community. Fill corrupt officers with love and teach them the correct way to handle situations that could be much smoother. I love you, I pray for you and your families, and I pray for this city! #StopPoliceViolence #Peace #StopRiots #OneVoice
The Bakersfield College Athletics Twitter account said of Roberts, "PJ is one of many exceptional Renegade student athletes who represent themselves & our college with class, dignity and respect. They seek to be the change they want in this world and understand the only way we’ll get there is one person at a time."