A black man was pulled over and during the stop his daughter started crying because she’s afraid of police. The officer’s reaction caused him to post about the encounter on Facebook, and it’s now going viral.
Texas resident Michael Harris was pulled over earlier this month as his daughter, Mikylie, was sleeping in the backseat of his vehicle. During the stop, Harris informed Officer Mike Collins that he was a concealed carry holder with a pistol in his car, WFAA-TV reported.
As Harris went for his registration, he offered to give his pistol to Collins for everyone’s safety, but Collins said that wouldn’t be necessary. As the two men spoke, young Mikylie woke up from her nap, and upon seeing Collins she started crying. Harris said that she cried because she’s afraid of police.
“She’s seen a lot of stories on the news and one time she asked me why black people and white people are killing each other, I didn’t know what to say,” Harris said.
As she cried, Mikylie expressed her concern that her father might be hurt by Officer Collins, so the two men consoled the scared little girl. However, Collins took things a step further so that Mikylie didn’t come away from the incident still in fear of police.
He brought the little girl back to his cruiser and let her play with the lights before giving her a sticker.
“It meant a lot to see him take the time,” Harris said.
Moved by Collins’ kindness to his daughter, Harris took to Facebook to share his story because he “wanted people to see black men and police officers getting along.”
Collins was also moved by the encounter. He said that the gratitude from Harris is “priceless,” and praised him for the way he’s raising his daughter.
“Hearing ‘Thank you for doing your job’ meant so much,” Collins said. “It’s a pleasure to see someone raising their children so well. It renews your hope in humanity. Mr. Harris is an excellent dad.”
Unfortunately, Harris wasn’t able to get out of getting a ticket during the stop. However, he did say it was “worth it” so that his daughter could learn that police aren’t bad people, they’re “protectors” of their communities.
Here’s a case where an armed black man showed respect to an officer and was treated in kind. In fact, his respect caused the officer to go out of his way to comfort his scared little girl, which just goes to show that a little common decency goes a long way.
Perhaps if more people followed Harris’s lead, there’d be less instances of people of all races being shot and killed by police.