A group of citizens in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has purchased ad space on billboards in the city to show their support for the men and women in blue, in an effort to push back against the attacks on the law enforcement community amid nationwide anti-police protests.
"What compels me, and so many others working with me, is to say thank you to the overwhelming amount of ethical law enforcement out there, at a time when they need to hear it most," Proehl told the newspaper.
The quiet effort started by Proehl has spread.
The effort in Sioux Falls comes after weeks of protests in the U.S. sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms (D) told CNN that she believes morale in her city's police department is down "tenfold," and the outlet reported that one Los Angeles Police Department supervisor told them morale in his department "is the worse he's seen it since the aftermath of the 1992 riots."