Knoxville, Tennessee, police officers have received the highest level of commendations in the department’s history, but it’s unclear what prompted their praise.
According to the department, the officers were awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest civilian honor in the United States, after they shot and killed a black suspect.
The city’s mayor, a retired Memphis police officer named James Campbell, has long called for an end to systemic racism in the police department.
Last month, Campbell announced he would be challenging Campbell for the city’s top law enforcement post.
A month ago, Campbell made headlines when he tweeted out a photo of himself holding a medal in honor of his officers.
In a statement to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the department said the award was not a public celebration, but rather a personal moment.
In the photo, Campbell can be seen sitting in a chair with his arms folded in front of him, surrounded by police officers.
The medal is presented to him by the mayor.
The mayor, Campbell said, is a great role model for his own children, who are also Knoxville police officers and are part of the city.
The medal, he added, is for the courage of those who risked their lives to protect those they serve.
In March, the city held a ceremony to unveil Campbell’s medal, a moment that garnered a lot of media attention.
The department said that Campbell had presented his medal to his family, but did not provide further details.
Campbell did not respond to requests for comment from the Associated Press.
The department said it did not know why Campbell received the award.