During the interview, the band's guitarist, Zoltan Bathory, lauded law enforcement officers and their supportive families for protecting the public selflessly and often at a cost of their own personal safety.
In addition to expressing support for police, Bathory also announced that a portion of ticket sales from their upcoming tour would go to an organization that works to help the families of fallen officers.
What did he say about police at large?
“I personally look at [cops] and think they are special people who deserve the respect and I don’t know that the general population understands what they go through,” Bathory told Loudwire's Chad Childers. “I feel that they are not getting the respect that they deserve.”
Bathory noted that it's important to conceive the idea that it's just not realistic to believe that we live in a world "where everybody's got flowers and smiling and are peaceful."
“[F]or those who realize this is not reality, you have to accept that each city has a police force," he said, "and they are really that thin blue line, that thin layer of ice on a deep ocean of f***ing chaos, and savagely things can happen to them.”
Bathory also went on to lament the idea that some people in society just don't appreciate the actual sacrifices that often come with police work.
“There are certain people who will sign up and do this job,” he explained. “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.’”
He added, “It could be a bad traffic stop or if you’re in the military, it could be a mission that goes sideways. 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.”
What did he say about donations?
Bathory told Childers that he and his bandmates will be donating "a portion from every ticket sold" to an organization called C.O.P.S.
C.O.P.S. — or Concerns of Police Survivors — is an organization founded in 1984 that benefits the families of fallen police officers through counseling, scholarship opportunities, kids' camps, and more.
“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 band's latest tour — "And Justice for None" — kicks off on July 16 in Auburn, Washington.