BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — A deputy with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department is getting a lot of attention on social media after posting a video to Facebook.
Patrol Sgt. Chuck Wells uploaded a plea to the White House on Wednesday (Sept. 23). Since then, the video has been shared more than 3,000 times and has been viewed nearly 90,000 times.
In the video, blue police lights flash while Wells addresses President Barack Obama, saying the president has overlooked honoring the law enforcement officers who have fallen while defending the public.
“In this video, Mr. President, the flashing blue lights are certainly signaling a call of distress,” Wells said. “Only this time, it’s not coming from a citizen in the public. The assistance call is coming from us — the brothers and sisters in blue.”
Wells named officers around the nation who were killed in the line of duty in 2015. He said law enforcement officers are tired of being ignored, and is calling on the president to not only honor the fallen officers, but to also learn about their job.
He invited the president to spend time on duty with the officers to see what they face firsthand.
Wells said that while honoring fallen officers will not bring them back, it could serve to ease mistrust between law enforcement agencies and national leadership.
“We are asking for a little bit of hope and support that we can all lean on in this dark hour,” Wells said.
A representative for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said the department told Wells he could publish the post on his private Facebook page. However, they said the views are his own.