When Lieutenant Tim McMillan of the Garden City Police Department pulled over a car on a routine traffic stop, his whole life would change. As he approached the vehicle, he noticed an African-American teenager shaking with fear with his hands raised above his head. “What do you want me to do officer?” the young man said, with what McMillan describes as a quivering voice. McMillan didn’t know how to respond, despite years of training.
McMillan was so shaken by the event that he took to Facebook (where he goes by Shlomoh Melech) to share his story with the world and just try to show people how our divisive nature towards each other has affected the youth of today. In his post, he pleaded with anyone who would listen. “It doesn’t matter to me who’s to blame. I just wish somebody would fix it.” would be McMillan’s sign-off before going to bed.
In the morning, he couldn’t believe what had happened. His post had gone viral, touching the hearts of people across the country and around the world. Shared over 2000 times while he slept (and over 144,000 now), he had thousands of touching thank you messages waiting for him.