Not All Cops Are Bad Cops
After many more unjustified shootings of black people this month, the masses are fed up with the unchecked police brutality that seems to be running amok in our streets every day. These homicides under the guise of the law are bringing to light a long history of violence that black people have suffered because of racism and bias, and people are fighting back through organized protests with Black Lives Matter and marching in the streets to show a unified front in confronting and ending these crimes against Americans.
But it can be hard to remember during these times that there are many good people who work in law enforcement overshadowed by these bad cops. One man who didn’t believe that he would ever get a break from a cop just received the surprise of his life.
A Nation Divided
For the last few years, racial tensions have been rising in America as police brutality against African Americans has brought dialogues about systemic racism to the forefront of national media. In the past month especially, there have been protests in the streets in Sacramento, El Cajon, Tulsa, Charlotte, and other cities because people are fed up with unjustified police brutality and the killing of black people.
Streets Ran Red
But we cannot paint the entire police force with one broad stroke; cops are people too. There are some good ones and some bad ones; there are hot heads, who are way too quick to pull a trigger, and there are people who want to make a positive impact on their community for everyone. Police officers themselves have been the target of rioters; five officers were killed by rioters who believed that there are no good cops. Does murder justify murder in these cases? Have things gone so far off course that statements about ending violence must be written in the blood of the innocences on both sides?
An Unexpected Day
One man who claims to “dislike cops” found out that there are certainly good cops on the force when one officer did the unthinkable just to help him out in a time of need.
Detroit resident, Mark Ross received the devastating news that his sister had been killed in a car accident. He wanted to rush back to his hometown as quickly as possible and asked a friend to drive him home. The two men both had warrants out, and the driver had a suspended license, but Mark had to risk the drive from Indiana through Ohio to Detroit to deal with his sister’s tragedy.
As the men were driving fast in Ohio, they were pulled over for speeding. His driver was arrested for his warrant, and the vehicle was towed. Mark said, “I knew I was going to jail due to a petty warrant,” but the county where his warrant was issued refused to pick him up because he was too far away. Stranded in Ohio 100 miles from Detroit, he broke into tears over the death of his sister. Then Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant David Robison came on the scene.
An Act of Kindness
Mark said, “I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother asap. I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He REACHES OVER AND BEGAN PRAYING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY.”
But that wasn’t all the officer did for Mark. He decided to take Mark home to Detroit to be with his family during this dire time. Mark was humbled and grateful for this incredible act of sympathy and posted to Facebook a photo of them in Robison’s patrol car. Mark continued, “Everybody knows how much I dislike cops but I am truly grateful for this guy. He gave me hope.”
A Real Hero
Officer Robison’s kind gesture and consideration is what we need more of in police across the nation to show that the police force is here to protect and serve us, not to put fear and hate into our hearts. As calls for police to be training in non-lethal tactics and mental illness grow in the national conversation, policemen like Robison should share his experience of being a beacon of hope in his and other communities. Robison even said that he plans on attending the funeral services for Mark’s sister.
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