Rapper The Game and his son have launched a GoFundMe campaign for a popular Little Rock, Arkansas police officer who prominently features his good deeds towards African-Americans online. The Los Angeles native posted about the initiative on his Instagram page Sunday informing fans it was his son Harlem’s idea.
“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,” Game began.
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 ?
“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 developed a #GoFundMe to try & raise $10,000,” the hip-hop artist wrote. “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.”
The officer at the center of the donations is Tommy Norman. Having worked for the North Little Rock Police Department since 1998 according to his Facebook page, Norman has amassed a large following on social media, where he spotlights friendly interactions with Black youth.
The GoFundMe initially began with a goal of $10,00 but it was met within a few hours. The goal has now been raised to $50,000 and almost $44,000 has been raised in one day.
Game’s fundraiser follows his criticism of the non-violent response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police.
“All we gone do is repost it & type “SMH” over & over again huh ??” he wrote July 6. “Then we gone put #JusticeForAltonSterling & #BlackLivesMatter hashtags on Instagram & pretend that’s us taking action huh ???”
Two days later, The Game and fellow rapper Snoop Dogg led a peaceful march to the Los Angeles Police Department’s headquarters. It was in response to Sterling and Castile’s deaths. According to ABC News, LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck invited the artists to meet new recruits. The Game revealed it had been the first positive interaction he had with an officer.
“We need to look each other in the eye and start a relationship,” he told the news station.
That experience influenced him to support Harlem in the fundraiser for Norman after seeing a video from the policeman’s account.
"I got broads in Atlanta Lois" ???? so check it…. My son & I have been having conversations about the events that have occurred this past week & we talked about law enforcement & good cops & the bad ones….. So he took it upon himself to do research & found @tnorman23 & ever since I saw his page this morning….. I've been getting texts about how cool he is from people I know & that we need more police like him……. If you're a law officer, @tnorman23 is someone to learn from…. Every police interaction does not have to be a negative one….. We need to change the way we approach each other….. & after my experience yesterday… A change is on the horizon in Los Angeles…. My mission is not a selfish one.. But I love your children just as much as my own & we cannot afford to corrupt their future with our actions…. & I am talking to parties on both sides of the badge & the streets…. Before Thursday night, I too was angry & had my stomach in knots & told myself like I always do.. "FUCK THE POLICE"…. But after my meeting yesterday & then being introduced to @tnorman23's page by my oldest son… I realized, we all have to give each other a chance… Step up as adults all around the world & work together to create a better future for our children…. I would do anything so my kids have a fair shake at a better world…. What would you do for yours ??? I trust your answer is as mines is… So let's work !!!!!!!! I hate what this week was…… & so do you.. Everyone wants to kill but NO ONE IS READY TO DIE !!! I love all who read this….. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to replace HATE with LOVE… We can do it TOGETHER !!! #HUNT #iAintNoPreacher #iAintNoPastor #iLoveJustLoveYou #AndYouDeserveToLive