Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory voiced his support for the Thin Blue Line during a recent interview, and announced that the heavy metal band plans to donate a portion of their upcoming tour proceeds to an organization that helps the families of fallen law enforcement officers.
“I personally look at [the police] and think they are special people who deserve the respect and I don’t know that the general population understands what they go through,” the Hungarian-born guitarist told Loudwire. “I feel that they are not getting the respect that they deserve.”
Bathory noted that many people fail to recognize the life-and-death risks that law enforcement officers take every day.
“Realistically, we’re not living in a world where everybody’s got flowers and smiling and are peaceful or [singing] ‘Kumbaya,’’ he asserted. “So, for those who realize this is not reality, you have to accept that each city has a police force, and they are really that thin blue line, that thin layer of ice on a deep ocean of f - - - - - g chaos, and savagely things can happen to them.”
Bathory commended those who have chosen to protect and serve, even when some members of society fail to recognize their sacrifices.
“There are certain people who will sign up and do this job,” he said. “I don’t have to look at my girlfriend and you don’t have to look at your family and think, ‘This could be my day.’”
“It could be a bad traffic stop or if you’re in the military, it could be a mission that goes sideways,” Bathory continued. “We don’t think this way, but for these guys, they go to work and realize they might not come home. They sign up for that and that is respectable.”
Five Finger Death Punch also recognizes the sacrifices of law enforcement families and has vowed to provide support to those who fallen heroes leave behind.
“On this next tour, we are donating a portion from every ticket sold to an organization called C.O.P.S.,” Bathory said. “Basically, it’s for the families of fallen police officers.”
The Concerns of Police Survivors organization, which was established in 1984, provides peer support, scholarship opportunities, children’s camps, counseling services, and support through trial and parole processes, according to the C.O.P.S. website.
The organization, which is comprised of over 47,000 survivors, also hosts a yearly conference and provides training for law enforcement agencies on how to respond to the loss of a fellow officer.
Five Finger Death Punch’s “And Justice for None” tour kicks off in Auburn, Washington on July 16, according to the band’s website.