With all of the corrupt cop stories in recent years it has become the norm to be nervous when you see those flashing red and blue lights. It is easy to overlook all of the good that these men and women do, putting their lives on the line every single day to ensure our safety. We must try to remember that for every crooked cop there are five more who are truly in the job to help the people of the United States.
A man in Michigan received the shock of a lifetime when he was pulled over by a police officer. The confrontation went much differently than he had expected it to. On April 18th 2016 LaVonte Dell was pulled over in Westland, Michigan for having an illegal tint on his windows. Upon further inspection into the vehicle the officer noticed that Dell’s three-year-old daughter was sitting in the backseat with no car seat.
Officer Joshua Scaglione questioned Dell why his daughter was sitting in the back seat with no car seat to be found. Scaglione tried explaining to the father that is was extremely unsafe to have such a small child in a moving vehicle without the proper car seat. Prepared to write Dell tickets for the offenses, Dell’s answer touched something inside of Scaglione. Dell’s response was heartbreaking.
Scaglione recalls, “he teared up a little bit and told me he was going through some tough times.” Dell thought the worst when the officer asked him to step out of the car, but all Scaglione wanted to do was help out the father.
“I related to the fact that I’ve been in that situation before. I realized this was the perfect opportunity to help him” Scaglione stated.
The officer had no intentions of giving the struggling father any more shit on his plate, so instead writing him tickets for the offenses Scaglione requested that Dell follow him to the closest Walmart. Once inside Scaglione helped the man pick out a car seat for his daughter and footed the bill.
Dell recalls, “You would have thought we were best friends. No awkward silence. I learned about him. He learned about me.”
Officer Scaglione didn’t think it seemed like the right thing to do to give an already struggling father a ticket that would take even more money out of his pocket. He wanted to do the right thing and offer actual assistance.
After the two went their separate ways LaVonte realized that he didn’t even know the name of the man who had been so kind to him. In an attempt to find the officer Dell posted about his experience on Facebook, hoping the story would get enough shares that the officer may one day see it. Dell knew that after hearing all the stories out there about white cops abusing their power to promote racism he had to share his story of a white cop lending a helping hand to a black man. A few days after Dell posted his encounter to Facebook the Westland Police Community Partnership re-posted it. Since then, the story has received over 7,000 shares and 17,000 likes.
What makes this story even more special is that Scaglione expected to stay anonymous, doing the good deed solely to help the man, not to receive praise or recognition for his actions. He simply wanted to help out a father who was doing the best that he could. Dell was insistent that Scaglione get the thanks and recognition that he so rightfully deserved.
It’s nice to see an experience like this after hearing about all the horrible things happening in our world. H/T