With negative stories about police being the ones most likely to dominate national headlines, it’s refreshing to see a positive story gain traction for a change.
It all started with a Facebook post by Mark E Ross that quickly went viral. Ross had learned his 15-year old sister was killed in a car accident, and wanted to unite with the rest of his family as soon as he could. Since Ross didn’t own a vehicle, he found a friend to drive him from Indiana to Detroit, but they were pulled over for speeding on the way. With a petty warrant outstanding for him, Ross was certain jail was in his future… but he didn’t expect what would happen next.
Via The Blaze:
“Everybody knows how much I dislike cops,” he wrote, “but I am truly [grateful] for this guy. He gave me hope.”
Those are the words Mark Ross wrote on Facebook Sunday after being pulled over for speeding on his way from Indiana to Detroit, where his family was gathered grieving the sudden death of his 15-year-old sister, Liza.
Instead of taking him into custody because of an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, Sgt. David Robinson prayed over Ross and his family and then drove him more than 100 miles to meet his heartbroken family.
As it turns out, Ross’ trip was a gamble from the beginning. The friend he had convinced to drive him the long distance to be reunited with his mother was driving without a license and it wasn’t long before the state highway patrolman pulled the pair over for speeding.
So Ross was expecting just about anything — except what happened. “It was just so overwhelming,” Ross told InsideEdition.com of Robinson’s actions. “They were trying to help us.”
While Ross’ friend did end up “getting locked up,” Michigan’s Wayne County Police Department, which issued the warrant, did not want to send someone to get him, so the officer selflessly drove him to a Detroit restaurant.
This comes amid increased tension between the black community and police departments following fatal police-involved shootings in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week.
As Ross was exiting Robinson’s police cruiser once they finally reached Detroit, he said the officer leaned over and asked “if he could pray over me” — a moment he described as “overwhelming” and one that “took me away from my own reality.”
The family was so grateful for Robinson’s kind gesture that they invited him to attend Liza’s funeral, which he is planning to do.
It’s no wonder those in movements like Black Lives Matter encourage their members to do everything they can to not interact with police. They’d like to promote a narrative of victimhood — one that could be quickly shattered had the movement actually done anything to bridge the divide between the police and the public.
Sadly, BLM leaders probably hate stories like this that bust their narrative that all cops — or even most cops — are the enemy.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]