The association's president, Matthew Cooper, released a statement on Facebook thanking the public for their support:
"We really appreciate the support we have received from the incident involving Smithfield’s Chicken and BBQ. We are confident that a positive resolution will occur as a result from our effort. Currently, the conversation between some people on the previous posts have deviated from our original mission which was to raise awareness to that particular situation and to show what police officers have to face now on a regular basis. For that reason, we decided to delete the original post.
"We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. Our officers do their best to complete this mission every day.
"We are comforted that the community at large has our back. We greatly value your continued loyalty and support in the future.
"Thanks again and best wishes."