In this age of riots, looting, and hatred of white police officers because they are merely doing their jobs, making sure that bad men with guns don’t harm innocent civilians, comes a feel good story that proves that not all white officers are racist.
Contrary to popular belief amongst some crowds, 99.999 percent of white police officers Aren’t racist.
They just want to make their communities better places to live, and, to go home at night, to be with their families, just like every other red-blooded, peace-loving American wants to do, also.
Enter this South Carolinian officer. Master Patrol Officer Michael Blackmore was one of several officers who responded to a call of a man sitting on the guardrail of a bridge in Columbia, SC.
In the video, a distraught African-American man is seen crying as he sits on the guardrail of the bridge. He’s about to jump off the bridge into the speeding traffic below.
Blackmore, along with two other officers and two EMTs arrived to talk the man down.
As Blackmore’s body camera begins recording the incident, you can hear the man say that he’s tired of living. Blackmore asks twice, “Why do you say that? Why do you say that?” The man responds, “I’m tired.” Blackmore responds, “Don’t say that, bud,” with obvious concern in his voice. The man, his voice cracking, says, “I am.” Blackmore then takes a different tack. He asks the man who is about to end his life if he likes watching football. He quickly followed up saying, “Who’s your team?” The man can be heard saying “I watch.”
Blackmore then asks, “NFL? Is it Redskins?” The man responds, “Yeah.” The officer continues, “Who they play this Sunday?” The man sniffles in the audio but doesn’t respond. Blackmore quickly asks, “You’re not sure?” The man says “I dunno.” Officer Blackmore replies, “I’m not sure who the Skins play either.” After getting no response Blackmore asks, “You like watching college football?” The man says he doesn’t. Blackmore says, “no? Not a Carolina fan?” The man responds “I like them” to which Blackmore responds, “Me too.”
The conversation continues along football lines with the man saying that he doesn’t like Dallas. Blackmore keeps him talking asking if he thinks Carolina is going to win tomorrow. The man says he hopes so and Blackmore says that he does, too.
Blackmore then asks the man to come over to him because he surely wants to watch the game. The man says he doesn’t want to, to which Blackmore replies, “none of us want you to hurt yourself, bud. We don’t want you to hurt yourself.” The officer continues, “I’m going to be out here riding around Saturday and Sunday night, I’m going to see you on the street and were going to talk about the Gamecocks game. Or I’m gonna see you and we’re gonna talk about the Redskins game.” Adding a little humor, Blackmore says, “I’m definitely going to pull for them when they play Dallas because I hate Dallas.”
Blackmore then asks the man to give him his hand, “Do you mind if I reach for your hand, can I do that?” The man can be heard sniffling from crying. Blackmore reaches for the man’s arm, and the man puts out his hand towards him, emotion in his voice as the officer grabs him. An EMT rushes over and helps Blackmore bring the man back onto the bridge. Blackmore can be heard saying, “You’re OK. You’re OK, bud.”
Chalk one up for our men in blue. In this time of heated racial division, and derision aimed at police, one officer reminds us that we’re all human, and that all lives matter, even black lives.
Absolutely amazing. This video definitely gives us hope for the future. Watch below.
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