It was already dark when a police officer’s car showed up behind him, and signaled for him to pull over.
The driver of the car was a young black man, and he looked absolutely terrified.
He pulled over and stared at the officer as he approached, and then put his hands up. “What do you want me to do officer?”
The officer was Tim McMillan, a police officer in New Jersey.
“His voice was quivering. He was genuinely scared,” McMillan wrote.
And then he just looked at the young man for a moment, because what he saw made him so sad.
“I just don’t want you to get hurt,” McMillan replied.
The young man’s voice was still shaking when he replied, “Do you want me to get out of the car”?
McMillan said no. He had pulled the driver over for texting and driving, because he wanted him to be safe.
“I don’t want you to text and drive. I don’t want you to get in a wreck,” McMillan said. “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.”
McMillan was upset, first because a young person was so carelessly driving while distracted, and secondly because of the fear the young man felt just seeing a member of law enforcement.
“It doesn’t matter to me who’s to blame. I just wish somebody would fix it,” McMillan said.
So he shared the story online in hopes of raising awareness—it quickly went viral, and has since been shared over 140,000 times.
“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you,” one commenter wrote.
“Thank you for your service!!! I’m the Mother of a man who was killed my a Milwaukee Police Officer. I know all police aren’t bad, and all black people aren’t doing anything criminal.God bless you for still serving in your Community,” another wrote.
“Bless you. And you be safe as well,” wrote another.