JD Boyd, a police officer in Raleigh, North Carolina, was involved in an altercation last year in which a man tried to stab him in the head.
Boyd admits that he almost shot the suspect as a result, but as the fates would have it, the encounter was solved without bloodshed.
Fast forward to 2015, and Boyd was out and about when he ran in to the very same guy, only this time it was under considerably different circumstances.
The police officer explains the rest in a Facebook post that has since gone viral, racking up more than 190,000 likes and 66,000 shares at the time of this post.
“Almost a year ago this man and I were involved in a major altercation where he tried to stab me in the head and I nearly shot him. Today we ran into each other again. He now has a full-time job and has another son on the way that will be here in November…. I was glad it ended well for us both that day and I am ecstatic now to learn that he has turned his life around and we can embrace as friends.”
The man was not named by Boyd in the post, though it was noted by MSN Now that he’d gone to prison for a brief time, and that’s where he started to turn his life around.
Commenters were very moved by Boyd’s post and wasted no time in letting him know it.
“Forgiveness is a powerful thing and definitely part of the healing process,” wrote one commenter. “Not saying there is a time limit on forgiveness but that forgiveness allowed the officer to embrace the situation and look where it got them.”
Others called it an “awesome story of growth” and “what America needs now” in the wake of the ongoing #AllLivesMatter, #BlackLivesMatter, #CopsLivesMatter Twitter wars.
“Good to see something positive came from that initial meeting,” said Steven Gomillion. “Love stuff like this.”
“We need more real life positive stuff like this as opposed to media hyped stories that are often embellished for the sake of a story line,” added Edward VunCannon.
What do you think about this heartwarming story, readers?
Do you think that if both sides worked to understand where the others were coming from, society might get more stories like this and less stories like those of Darren Goforth and Michael Brown? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image of JD Boyd via Facebook, linked above]