Racial tension has been at an all-time high between police officers and African-American men. But it’s nice to see that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Georgia police officer, Lt. Tim McMillan, just finished a grueling 16-hour shift and was on his way home when he saw a young black man texting and driving. He didn’t want to pull him over, but he knew he had too. What he did during the traffic stop has now gone viral.
The officer was in no mood to write a ticket and just wanted to go home. But the officer was genuinely concerned about the young man’s safety. So he made the traffic stop. Upon coming up to the driver side door, he saw the young black man with his hands up, visibly shaking.
McMillan posted on Facebook what transpired during the traffic stop, which has been shared over 76,000 times. It reads:
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 mom 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.”
He concluded, “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 protestors, or Colin Kaepernick if you want. It doesn’t matter to me who’s to blame. I just wish somebody would fix it.”