Mark Ross learned that his teenage sister was killed in a traffic accident over the weekend. He had no vehicle, so he asked someone to help him get to his family in Indiana as quickly as possible. But as they sped through Ohio, a cop stopped them. Mark is black.
They were speeding through Ohio, and Mark knew that he had an outstanding warrant. The driver was arrested and the car towed. But then something amazing happened. Here’s Mark’s Facebook post:
“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. 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 [sic] for this Guy. He gave me hope”
Trooper J. Robison was true to his word. He drove Mr. Ross 100 miles to Detroit to a coffee shop where he could meet up with a cousin.
“It was just so overwhelming. They were trying to help us.” Ross to Inside Edition
The trooper even promised to attend the funeral.
So there you have it, one of countless numbers of encounters with black community members that do NOT end in death. It even had a happy ending.