The letter, which was signed by about 20 inmates, was sent three weeks after Officer Toney’s death. In summary, the writer wrote the following: “On behalf of myself and a number of fellow prisoners who are currently serving time, I wish to extend condolences to Officer Toney’s family and the G.C.S.O Brotherhood as a whole. This is a tragic incident that should have never occurred. Though law enforcement and criminals may be considered opposites, the intrinsic value of a human life transcends those boundaries by far. Right is right and wrong is wrong. No matter the color uniform. It is from this standpoint, in a spirit of gratitude and utmost respect that I submit this letter to honor all police officers, military personnel and first responders. Your service and sacrifice make the world a better place for all. In tribute to your courage and dedication, we present this communication that may serve to bring healing, restoration and forgiveness to the lives of all affected by the loss of this officer,” said the inmates.
“We’re not including their names to protect their privacy, but we’re deeply appreciative of this act of kindness from these men. We think that Officer Toney would also be appreciative of their actions and we hope you are, too.”