Officer Timothy Millard, Known For Service, At Center of Firestorm After Photo

Officer Timothy Millard set off a firestorm when he pointed at somebody in greeting.

Officer Timothy Millard set off a firestorm when he pointed at somebody in greeting.

Officer Timothy Millard, Known For Service, At Center of Firestorm After Photo

Officer Timothy Millard was on patrol on Friday when he saw a man outside of a barber shop who appeared to be waving at him. Officer Millard greeted him as he normally does with people, by giving him a pointing greeting to acknowledge him. The man took a photo of Officer Millard and posted it to Facebook with the words, “feeling threatened.” Social media lit up in a firestorm of outrage over Officer Millard’s gesture, saying that it was threatening.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says that the situation is a big misunderstanding and that Officer Millard is known for greeting people in this manner. Many question this excuse, saying that nobody ever greets people like this.

President Obama is also known for this gesture.

President Obama is also known for this gesture.

The community is up at arms about this armed police officer using his finger as a weapon. Several Kalamazoo black leaders are calling for “accountability” for Officer Millard’s actions. County Commissioner Stephanie Moore is jumping on the bandwagon. “I think there has to be accountability,” she said. “I do hope (police internal affairs) will take a look at the incident, get feedback from the community, and engage us in whatever process that it will have moving forward, for not just this incident, but other issues within the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.”

Terri Walker practices poor muzzle discipline as she speaks out against Officer Millard's actions.

Terri Walker practices poor muzzle discipline as she speaks out against Officer Millard’s actions.

This isn’t Officer Timothy Millard’s first time in the news. He made news several months ago for helping resident Cetiana LaBarre when her rake broke. LeBarre called police due to a neighbor dispute after she was trying to use a broken rake to collect her leaves, but they kept blowing away. Officer Millard showed up with two rakes and raked up her leaves for her.

“I about dropped my…my mouth hit the floor; I was like, ‘wow,'” LaBarre said. “That was very nice, I am a middle aged woman, that was a lot of work, but it’s done and I’m happy, so, thank you officer.”

Cetiana LaBarre tells WWMT about how thankful she was for Officer Millard.

Cetiana LaBarre tells WWMT about how thankful she was for Officer Millard.

The entire situation appears to be based off of a misunderstanding, and at this point it would be unreasonable to believe that Officer Millard had any ill-intent. This situation should be able to be handled over a cup of coffee, but agitators are demanding that Officer Timothy Millard be thrown to the wolves.

Please show your support for this community hero.