When officer Tim McMillan pulled over someone for texting and driving, he did not anticipate the reaction he got. The young man he found was a terrified, young black man who held his hands up immediately upon the officer's arrival at his door. After the young man asked "What do you want me to do officer?" McMillan became extremely saddened by the his reaction and replied "I just don't want you to get hurt."
He posted about the encounter on his Facebook page and it was shared over 142,000 times.
When the young man asked him if he wanted him to get of of the car, McMillan responded with a heartfelt sentiment that the man probably wasn't expecting.
"No, I don't want you to text and drive. I don't want you to get in 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. Just please pay attention, and put the phone down. I just don't want you to get hurt." - Officer Tim McMillan
Since this was originally posted no October 1st, a Tim McMillan fan page was created on Facebook. He posts messages to the followers and acknowledges the stigma that is around cops.
He states that he is "willing to try to do what ever I can to make everyone not be scared of the uniform we are wearing". Let's hope that more cops start sharing the positive experiences and that these become the norm.