Message of Wichita police cookout spreading on social media

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The message from Sunday’s cookout that involved the Wichita Police Department and Black Lives Matter protestors is going far beyond the community.

The conversation that started in McAdams Park is continuing on social media. Conlee Borchard captured a light-hearted moment at the cookout. Officers and Wichitans of many ages dancing together. She posted the video on Facebook. Click below to see the video.

“My main reason for uploading that video was to give other people a glimpse of that hope that I had because being a future wife of a police officer, I, myself, my soul has just been restless and anxious and worried with the way things are going in our country,” said Borchard.

That glimpse went farther than she ever anticipated.

“Last night, I got really excited that I had like six shares, and then I got up to 12 and I was like Seth, this could go viral. And then I woke up this morning and it was almost at a million views. It’s just a crappy cellphone video and that’s how much people need that hope.”

Now with the message continuing to spread she hopes it shares a message of positivity and hope across the country.

“This is what’s going to actually change the relationships in our communities, it starts at home, it starts in your own small cities and something like this, it’ll spread and it’s contagious, I think.”

KSN News checked and as of 5:30 p.m. Monday the video has been viewed 2.3 million times and shared 46,481 times since Sunday night.

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