The beginning of the new year has been a terrible time to be a police officer. Eleven times as many officers have been killed so far this year as compared to this same point in time last year.
One of the tragic fatalities so far is Ashley Guindon, a 28-year-old officer on her first shift, who was shot dead while responding to a domestic call. One other officer was wounded and the suspect’s wife was found dead. The suspect was taken into custody.
Guindon’s death hit close to home for a Virginia football star named Maurice Canady.
Via Fox News:An NFL hopeful used his make-or-break shot to reach the pros to honor a Virginia police officer who was gunned down on her first day on the job.
University of Virginia cornerback Maurice Canady wore a pair of orange cleats decorated with the message: “Officer Guindon 2/27/16 Never Forget” when he ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine on Monday.
Canady plans to give one of the cleats to Guindon’s family and will put the other up for auction, according to the University of Virginia Twitter account.
Canady is from Richmond, and his cousin, Alexus, is a police officer in Prince George’s County. Guindon served in Prince William County.
The 6-2, 195-pound Canady ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds, 0.16 seconds behind the leader. NFL.com projects him to have “enough talent to be an NFL backup.”
After watching the Oscars the other night — and Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance last month — it’s refreshing to see someone using his fame to honor a fallen officer for a change. A fellow human being, regardless of skin color.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]