If you have been paying attention to the news lately, you have likely heard about police shootings and various attacks involving the police that have left a number of people dead. Sometimes, it is the citizens who are involved, at other times, it is the police. One thread that seems to be consistent is that it seems to always involve an African-American.
Now I can underhand how some people would be skeptical over the police, even though I feel the news is slanted. When one cop pulled over a black teenager, however, things went south quickly. The cop’s name is Tim McMillan, and he went beyond doing something that would have put a black mark on his record, he was kind to the man. The following is what he posted to his facebook account:
“I pulled a car over last night for texting and driving. When I went to talk to the driver, I found a young black male, who was looking at me like he was absolutely terrified with his hands up.”
“He said, ‘What do you want me to do officer?’ His voice was quivering. He was genuinely scared.”
“I just looked at him for a moment, because what I was seeing made me sad. I said, “I just don’t want you to get hurt.”
“In which he replied, with his voice still shaking, “Do you want me to get out of the car.”
“I said, ‘No, I don’t want you to text and drive. I don’t want you to get in a wreck. I want your mum to always have her baby boy. I want you to grow up and be somebody. I don’t even want to write you a ticket. Just please pay attention, and put the phone down. I just don’t want you to get hurt.'”
“I truly don’t even care who’s fault it is that young man was so scared to have a police officer at his window. Blame the media, blame bad cops, blame protesters, or Colin Kaepernick if you want. It doesn’t matter to me who’s to blame. I just wish somebody would fix it.”
The post has gone viral with over 100,000 shares. Check out some of the comments.
He put the following into a second facebook post
“This morning, I felt frustration and sadness at seeing a young African American kid be terrified of the uniform I was wearing. It bothered me so much, I wanted to just scream at the whole country ‘STOP IT! I LOVE MY KIDS WITH ALL OF MY HEART AND EVERYONE IN THIS WORLD IS SOMEONES CHILD THAT THEY LOVE WITH ALL THEIR HEART! Just treat everyone like you would want your children treated, NO MATTER what the situation is.'”
“I posted a status on Facebook about that very sadness this morning, and went to bed. I woke-up to discovered my status had been shared almost 2000 times (so far). All over the country! People, of all races, genders, and backgrounds were commenting, and messaging me.”
“Everyone was thanking me for what I had said, that it so many people just wanted to hear someone say ‘IT’S HORRIBLE FOR PEOPLE TO BE AFRAID OF THE POLICE, and I don’t even care who’s at fault. It’s just horrible!’ I had over 100 friends request from people all over the country.”
“And now, I don’t even know what to say. I’m not anyone special. I’m not a professional athlete, politician, or celebrity. I’m just a regular guy, who lives paycheck to paycheck, who is so blessed to have an amazing wife and some incredible children I love with all of my heart. I’m lucky to have amazing friends, mentors, and family members in my life.”
“Again, I don’t even know what to say. I’m just a regular person, no better than anyone else. To think that just saying how the situation in this country hurt me from a view on the front lines, could have such meaning to so many people, is so touching, I don’t know how to put it in words.”
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