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Community gives back following woman's harassment of police officer

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Melyssa Jo Kelly live-streams herself verbally harassing a Cedar Rapids police officer. Melyssa Jo Kelly live-streams herself verbally harassing a Cedar Rapids police officer.
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After a woman live-streamed herself on Facebook verbally harassing a Cedar Rapids police officer, many in the community began giving back.

The incident happened inside Brewhemia, a popular coffee shop and restaurant in Cedar Rapids.

Since then, people have been donating money to Brewhemia in hopes police officers can get free coffee.

Donations have pouring in from a variety of places including as far away as Washington D.C.

Brewhemia says at around $2 a cup, police officers should be able to drink free coffee there for a long time.

"We ended up getting a few customers that dropped off money, some people mailed some money in and just simply said hey next time a police man or woman, somebody in uniform comes in, please buy them coffee on me," says Steve Shriver, Brewhemia Co-Owner.

The act of kindness trickled from one person to many more choosing to give.

At the request of those donating, Brewhemia ultimately created a Go Fund Me page called Operation Blue-hemia where people can donate to buy an officer coffee.

"We matched the first $100 it's been moving pretty quick I'm not sure if were gonna continue to match," says Shriver.

The page has already raised $900 and that doesn't include donations people have been physically dropping off.

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