As the day draws to a close, I have to admit to shedding more than one tear for Officer Holder and the loss of yet another bright light from our City.
There's been so much talk this week: the Black Lives Matter crew eerily silent, as "one of their own" was killed---the average person speculating, the Blue Lives Matter crowd knowing the difference---and all the while, Social Media practically blowing up with thoughts, prayers, and tributes.
And at the end of a long day, it all just seems a bit too much.
NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton promoted Officer Holder today to First-Grade Detective.
Although it is a true honor, it is but a small comfort to his family; both blood and blue.
It will be in the days and weeks ahead that Detective Holder's family will need our support the most: when the cameras are gone, and the interviews are over. When Al Sharpton has climbed back into his segregated little hidey-hole, and everyone begins the slow trod moving forward...that is when we will need to step up as a community and be there for those who mourn.
In a world where a man who died is both Black and Blue, we need to be Golden. If you're reading this, you're quite possibly already the type of person that is ready and willing to reach out and do the right thing...so to you I say softly...don't forget.
Do the right thing, even when the wrong thing is being done to you.
In that way, we keep his legacy alive.
Rest in Peace, Detective Holder. The #NYPD is still on the case.