The above photo and the below comment was posted on Facebook yesterday by a user named Mike Powers, which is now being widely shared and picked up by local news outlets. As Mike was driving through Mississippi he was pulled over for speeding. Before the highway patrol officer walked away after handing Mike his ticket, Mike took the opportunity to commit a random act of kindness:
As he started to walk away I asked him how he’s handling everything and how the cops are feeling in Mississippi with all of the senseless killings this week throughout the country.
He said “things are tough, but we’re hanging in there and just trying to do the right thing and keep people safe…but it’s scary.”
I told him “just so you know, a lot of people are standing with you all and respect the risks you take every day to keep us safe.”
I took my bracelet off and told him that I give these out to my family, friends, and military members who might need extra protection and that I hope it will keep him safe.
He took the bracelet, put it on, and his eyes started to tear up. I saw how much pain and stress this man and his family were probably under. I teared up too. As he walked away he said “this means more than you can imagine.”
I came to find out my ticket was voided… so I’ll be donating the money to the Palmer Home for Children charity in Mississippi.”
Two “men, of different color, careers, upbringing, and journeys, who had never met before, sitting on the side of the road in Mississippi tearing up over how confusing and hate filled the world has become…shocked by random acts of kindness…realizing we aren’t alone in a world where evil tries to divide us every chance it gets.
Good job, Mike! Way to protect and serve those who protect and serve us.
The officer now keeps that saint bracelet in his patrol car. You can read more about the encounter in a news interview here with Mike and the officer, Trooper Jason Ales.
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