An officers post goes viral

A police officer wrote about a traffic stop that had a profound impact on him that is worth sharing. It shows the current state of things from both perspectives.

 

Officer Tim McMillan who identified himself as a Police Officer in Georgia made a traffic stop and described the stoop he made the other night has gone viral since he posted it on October 1, 2016.

The Facebook post read:

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 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.”

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.

What can be said about this is that the number of Police shootings had in fact declined over the years and that the number of police officers that shoot blacks is less than the number of police that shoot whites.

However media does not tell that story nor do our politicians. They have painted a story that is far different from the truth. We can also blame the protesters and charlatans that have profited from making people afraid of the very people (police) that have been the ones who have helped more black people in this country than anyone else.

It is Police Officers that go into the neighborhoods that are being controlled with drugs. It is Police officers that answer calls for help without asking what color a person’s skin is. It is police officers that give CPR while being indifferent to racial tones or political affiliations on the spot. It is Police Officers that run toward the gunfire and save lives when people are screaming for help putting their own lives in the line.

Simply put, when a police officer comes into contact with someone they are doing what society as a whole has asked them to do. Much of the outcome of that encounter will depend on how people react to the Officers presence. They are human and will react to how they are treated.

Treat them with respect and dignity and they will treat you with the very same respect and dignity that is deserved in return most of the time. If they do not, then bring that issue to the attention of their superiors and judges, NOBODY wants them representing the Blue.

But when they stop you, it is not the time to play court, it is not the time to play lawyer and demand ‘proof’ and tell them all about your rights. That is what courts are for.

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