In a time of protest over perceived law enforcement practices, an act that occurred on Christmas Day in Prince George's County has drawn much favorable attention both for itself, and for its possible larger meaning.
As told by the county police department, a family paid for breakfast for several uniformed county police officers on Christmas morning in a gesture of evident good will.
By Friday, a brief account of the gesture, posted on the police Facebook site, had drawn 2,186 "likes'' which is far more than received by any other posting on that site, at least as far back as mid-October.
According to the Prince George's County Police Facebook page, the family was passing through Oxon Hill from out of state on Christmas Day, when they stopped at an IHOP restaurant where the officers were also having breakfast.
The family then "thanked the officers for their service and paid for all of the officers' meals.''
The officers were not named. The family was described only as the "Myers family.''
But the text below the photo goes on to describe the Myers family as making a "gracious Christmas gift.''
Moreover, it describes the gift as having "exceptional meaning'' this year. That appears to be a reference to the protests that have sprung up over the deaths of two unarmed black men elsewhere at the hands of police officers.
The text closes with the words: "Sending a most sincere thank you to the Myers family from the PGPD family!''
One comment posted on the site reads: "The vast majority of folks back the police. No doubt about it.''
Another, responding to the family's act, reads: "That's awesome! What a wonderful kind act! Merry Christmas to the Myers family!''
And still another says: "Yeah for humanity and compassion. God bless the officers and the Meyers!''