The Brookhaven Police Department released a video on social media Aug. 4 to thank the community for the support officers have received in the past weeks, especially following police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

The video, posted this morning, was originally titled “All Lives Matter.” “All Lives Matter” has been a controversial response by some to the Black Lives Matter movement that has held large marches in Atlanta and other cities to protest the police killings of black men.

“Our intentions were not for this to be a political statement by any means, so we asked the producers to change the title and they gladly obliged,” said city spokesperson Ann Marie Quill.

“This is just a thank you to the community for its support and to showcase the wonderful job our police department is doing in reaching out and getting to know the community,” she said.

The 6-minute video includes the music of Michael’s Jackson’s “Heal the World” playing in the background and features photos of officers in neighborhoods and with members of the community. It was produced at no cost to the city by, said Quill.

At the beginning of the video, Chief Gary Yandura says the video is “dedicated to the entire law enforcement community and to all the communities we serve in making this a better place to live, especially for our children.”

Last month Yandura attended a 21st Century Police briefing at the White House which helped inspire the idea of the video.

“The 21st Century Policing briefing at the White House that I just came back from encouraged police departments to get more involved in the community and showcase positive social media outreach,” he said.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.