Given all the recent turmoil, how about some good news for a change when it comes to a police traffic stop?
A passenger traveling from Indiana to his home in Detroit to attend his 15-year-old sister’s funeral expected the worst when he was pulled over by the Ohio Highway Patrol officers for speeding early Sunday morning.
It seems the driver of the vehicle, a co-worker, had a suspended license, and there was an outstanding misdemeanor warrant out for Mark Ross, the grieving man. Cops arrested the driver and impounded the vehicle, which would have left Ross stranded.
What happened next “was completely unlike several recently publicized encounters between a young African-American man and a white cop,” ClickOnDetroit observed.
Mark Ross described what happened in a Facebook post that has been shared about 136,000 times so far.
“At 3am I got a phone call stating that my sister had been killed in a car accident due to some young dumb punk! I haven’t slept and instantly got on the road. Of course we were speeding, trying to get back to Detroit. And we got pulled over in Ohio. I knew I was going to Jail due to a petty warrant.”
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— Mary Armstrong (@MaryArmstrong2) September 28, 2016
On the social network, Ross continued to write about the traffic stop when Sergeant David Robison arrived at the scene.
“The police called Wayne county and they refused to come get me because of the distance. I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother asap. I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He REACHES OVER AND BEGAN PRAYING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY. He offered to bring me 100 miles further to Detroit because they towed the vehicle. Everybody knows how much I dislike Cops but I am truly Greatful for this Guy. He gave me hope.”
The sergeant reportedly drove Ross 100 miles to a Detroit coffee shop where he met up with other family members. “It was just so overwhelming. They were trying to help us,” he told Inside Edition.
“Ross’s heartwarming post immediately went viral amid growing tensions between law enforcement and black communities around the country,” Fox News noted.
Ross, who recorded the traffic stop on his cell phone, explained to Detroit’s ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV that “I just knew something was going to go wrong, but it was the opposite…It just goes to show that the world we live in is not black and white. It is not blue and black. It is us. We all are one.”
— Kevin Jackson (@KevinJacksonTBS) September 27, 2016
Parenthetically, some news media accounts indicate that the officer offered to drive the man 100 miles closer to his destination. “Lt. Robert Sellers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol told FoxNews.com Wednesday that Robison was willing to drive Ross as close to Detroit as possible, offering to take him to a midway point so that a friend or relative could pick him up from there. ‘We offered to help him get to Michigan…He ended up getting there on his own but we did offer to drive him as close as we could,'” Fox News added.
As he was getting out of Sgt. Robison’s vehicle in Detroit, the officer asked Ross if he could pray for him. “And he said one of the most meaningful heartfelt prayers and it really touched me…He made me really see a light. There’s so much stuff going on in the world right now, but he really opened up a door for me and I’m humbly grateful for that officer.”
Mark Ross has established a GoFundMe page to help defray the costs of his sister’s funeral.
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