PHILADELPHIA — In the aftermath of the slaying of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations offered the following statement:
Amid the confusion and distrust raised by recent cases of questionable officer-involved shootings and abuses both here and across the nation, a hero was slain while working to uphold the values and virtues we most want to attribute to our police.
Officer Robert Wilson III had the presence of mind to not only attempt to thwart a robbery, but to also try to protect innocent bystanders from being shot by stray bullets by drawing the shooters’ attention to him. It was valor that led him to stand up to criminals, for which he laid down his life. A community lost a sense of security last Thursday, but two small boys lost their father, and a city in need of a strong role models also was robbed.
The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations stands in mourning, as do countless other people in this city and across this Commonwealth, with Officer Wilson’s families and loved ones, including those at the 22nd Police District, who already suffered a similar loss less than three years ago with the slaying of Officer Moses Walker. Responsible and respectful police officers such as these always have been and always will be our partners in preserving and advancing peaceful relations among residents and visitors alike in Philadelphia. We salute the integrity and strength the fallen brought to the job, and the example they leave for their equally committed friends and colleagues. Their sacrifice cannot be in vain.
Members of the Philadelphia Police Department have established a trust fund for the family of Robert Wilson III, who was killed in the line of duty on March 5, 2015.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so in person at the following PFFCU branches:
901 Arch Street
7604 City Avenue
8500 Henry Avenue
Leo Mall, Byberry and Bustleton Avenue
7500 Castor Avenue
3300 Grant Avenue
Or by mailing a check payable to:
The Robert Wilson III Family Memorial Trust Fund
Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia PA, 19107
Or by making an online donation by clicking here.