A white police officer recently experienced a standard traffic stop that changed his perspective forever, later taking to Facebook to pen a touching post surrounding the incident and why he feels there absolutely needs to be a change regarding the relationship between people of color and law enforcement.
Officer Tim McMilan pulled over a young Black teenager last week, and when he approached the boy's car window, it became evident that the teenager was terrified, especially with recent tragedies, such as Terence Crutcher or Keith Lamont Scott, who both died at the hands of police after being pulled over in their vehicles, inevitably running through his mind.
In his post, Officer McMilan details what went through his mind during the incident, and how seeing the young teenager so afraid of him really opened his eyes to what the Black communities are fearful of and experience on a daily basis.
“I pulled a car over last night for texting and driving," the post begins. "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," the officer continues. "I said, 'No, I don’t want you to text and drive. I don’t want you to get into 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.'"
Adding his thoughts regarding how this experience really speaks to how big of a crisis we are in as a country, the officer also added, "I 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," the officer concluded his post.
This post being written by a police officer himself, addressing police brutality for once, is a refreshing change to the dialogue we normally see.
Take a look at his post in full here.
TSR Staff: Kyle Anfernee Instagram: @Kyle.Anfernee A police officer took to Facebook to highlight the need for change when it comes to the relationship between police and African Americans. Officer Tim McMilan pulled a young black teen over on September 30, and the teen was completely terrified of Officer McMilan due to the series of events that have occurred over the past few months from Terence Crutcher, Keith Lamont Scott, and so many more who lost their lives when they were stopped by police. _________________________________ Officer McMilan wrote, _________________________________ "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." _________________________________ He continued, _________________________________ "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 into a wreck. I want your mom to always have her baby boy. I want you to grow up and be somebody. I don't evenwant to write you a ticket. Just--Read More At TheShadeRoom.com
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