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Inmates Pen Surprising Note on Slain Cop

'We present this communication that may serve to bring healing'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2018 11:10 AM CST
Officer Antwan Toney.   (Gwinnett County Police Department via AP)
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(Newser) – The last people you'd expect to praise cops are doing just that following a police officer's shooting death in Georgia. "Though law enforcement and criminals may be considered opposites, the intrinsic value of a human life transcends those boundaries by far," inmates at the Gwinnett County Detention Center wrote in an Oct. 30 letter to Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway, which the sheriff's office posted to Facebook on Saturday, per CBS News. "It is from this standpoint, in a spirit of gratitude and utmost respect that I submit this letter to honor all police officers, military personell (sic) and first responders," continued the two-page, handwritten note, signed by 20 inmates.

"In tribute to your courage and dedication, we present this communication that may serve to bring healing, restoration and forgiveness to the lives of all affected by the loss" of officer Antwan Toney, the inmates added. Toney, a three-year veteran shot and killed while approaching a suspicious vehicle on Oct. 20, would've been “appreciative of their actions," the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office wrote, noting it was likewise "deeply appreciative of this act of kindness from these men." Inmate Leroy Dollar, who penned the letter, tells FOX 5 he hoped "to express the fact that we're human and we have compassion." He adds, "If you can do it from here, you can do it from anywhere." (The suspect in Toney's shooting was killed following a manhunt.)

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