The Game and his 13-year-old son Harlem have been taking their own measures to promote peaceful protest and spark conversations between communities and police officers in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of law enforcement and a sniper attack on Dallas police officers.
They are doing so by raising thousands of dollars for Officer Tommy Norman from Little Rock, Arkansas. The Game posted on his Instagram yesterday:
Good morning world…… So as I told you yesterday, I had conversations with my oldest son @hvrlemtaylor about good cops & bad ones & he did his research & found officer @tnorman23’s page & i was touched by how active he is in the black community where he polices. My son said, how does he help all of these kids & stuff, is he rich ??? I said I don’t know if he’s rich but sometimes it doesn’t take much to help those in need son…… Being that my son is on vacation with his mother visiting relatives in Atlanta, Arkansas & Louisiana he wanted to do something for officer @tnorman23 in Little Rock so he delevoped a #GoFundMe to try & raise $10,000 so that officer @tnorman23 can stuff his trunk with toys, goodies, food & other things to help him continue contributing to the kids & people in Little Rock Arkansas….. (& BEFORE SOMEONE NEGATIVE PUTS IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, YES I COULD’VE GIVEN THE 10K MYSELF BUT THAT WOULDVE STOLEN THE JOY OUT OF MY SONS IDEA & HIS COMMITMENT & DEDICATION FOR SOMETHING & SOMEONE HE FELT TOUCHED BY). But as I type, I AM GOING TO DONATE THE 1st $1,000 !!!!!!!! Not only am I proud of my son for taking initiative, I’m thankful that I’ve raised him with such a pure heart regardless of the negativities he’s seen me over come…… So please CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO & donate anything as small as $1 to the officers mission & together we will help a good soul continue being a super role model for other law enforcement & a life saver for the children of tomorrow…… As soon as the $10,000 goal is reached… The funds will then immediately be transferred from my @therobinhoodproject account by my charity’s manager @ilndprncss to officer @tnorman23. “It takes a village to raise a child” & this good cop is going the extra mile for a lot of young African American children… #BlackLivesMatter to more than just #BlackLives #AGoodSonForAGoodCop #StayCommitted [Tag as many people to this post as you can & FOLLOW officer @tnorman23 NOW….. I’m really amazed by what he is doing !!!] again… PLEASE CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO & contribute ANYTHING you’d like… Let’s see @hollywoodunlocked & @theshaderoom post this
Harlem then started his own GoFundMe page to raise money for Officer Norman so that he can “continuously stuff his trunk with toys, goodies, food & other things to help him continue contributing to the kids and people in Little Rock, Arkansas.”
Norman has been in the news recently for his consistent acts of love and support for the mostly black community that he serves. Norman is a real advocate for change in his own backyard; hosting a community-positive website where he posted, “If you can just take two minutes out of the day to go out and make a difference, whether checking on your neighbour if they’re elderly, cutting someone’s grass, or hold the door for someone. It’s really just acts of kindness and I think acts of kindness coming from a police officer means that much more to people because that’s not something you’re used to seeing.”
Harlem and The Game are not the only ones who have noticed Officer Norman’s efforts in his community. Both T.I. and Young Thug have praised the officer on their own social media accounts. The Game not only pitched in with his son’s fundraising but has also teamed up with Snoop Dogg to lead a peaceful rally at the LAPD headquarters last week.
One of da good ones…. @tnorman23 check him out!!! Crooked cops & Cowards take notes!!!! A photo posted by TIP (@troubleman31) on Jul 8, 2016 at 8:10pm PDT
The GoFundMe page has smashed its original target of $10,000 and has now reached over $50,000 in just two days. Norman took to Instagram to voice his gratitude:
What do I say? What do I do? As I type this I look into the sky & thank the man above for my heart to serve! But can I be honest? I don’t see what you see. I don’t see the amazement. Being on the inside looking out, and giving of my heart & soul for so many years is just a part of life for me. To grab the worlds attention? No way! A sincere thank you to @losangelesconfidential & his son @hvrlemtaylor for having faith in my mission & dream to change the world! #CommunityPolicing #StayCommitted
If you want to support Harlem and The Game’s page, you can do so by heading here.
Image: Instagram / Harlem’s GoFundMe