So many of the cop stories saturating the information superhighway have a decidedly negative spin. So much attention has been paid to officer involved shootings that we sometimes forget the good work these men and women do every day. Well here’s one of those stories that will make your mama get all teary-eyed.
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Joshua Scaglione, a police officer in Westland, Michigan, stopped a driver who’s car had excessively tinted windows. While discussing the infraction with the driver, Scaglione saw a child in the back of the car. The child wasn’t in a car seat. In fact there was no car seat–another infraction Scaglione would need to write up.
But instead of creating a laundry list of minor infractions, Scaglione talked to the driver–LaVonte Dell. Dell explained that he had hit hard times. Cash was tight.
So Scaglione drove to a local Walmart. There, he bought Dell’s daughter a car seat. And that was it. No ticket. No lectures. Just honest philantropy.
The best part, and the part that restores my faith in humanity is this; Scaglione didn’t tell anyone about what had happened.
Instead Dell posted this on his FaceBook page:
Yesterday I was pulled over in Westland for my window tint.
This stop was nothin like I thought it would be.
He got my s—t and was walking back to the car and seen my daughter wasn’t in a car seat.
So he asked me to get out and speak with him.
He asked why didn’t she have one and I told him all I been thru this year like I barely making it because of these garnishments and I really don’t like asking people for (stuff).
Do you know this white police officer told me to follow him to Walmart on Ford road and he purchased my daughter a car seat with his own money.
If you would have seen us in Walmart u would have thought we were best friends.
It was like night and day.
U got me hella tats walkin side by side with a white officer Westland at that.
I’ve been calling all day trying to get his name because I was so in shock.
I didn’t even look at his name tag.
Never judge a book by it’s cover it’s most def is some good guys left.
I told him I never met a officer like u.
He said I’m just doing my job what good would giving u a ticket do besides putting u further in the hole making it harder on you to come up.
When word got out, the Westland PD put out an APB for their good Samaritan. Eventually, Scaglione came forward.
After identifying Scaglione, the Westland Police Department posted this on their page:
The Westland Police Department would like to express how proud we are of the officer responsible, Officer Joshua Scaglione.
We would also like to thank the driver, LaVonte Dell for coming forward and sharing this experience with us.
In a world filled with negative stories, the fact that you shared yours has had an unbelievably positive impact on all of us.
–Westland Police Department
And there you have it. An inspiring story that deserves to be repeated and shared.