Lt. Tim McMillan Posts About A Traffic Stop With A Terrified Black Male, Gets Attacked By….
Lt. Tim McMillan Posts About A Traffic Stop With A Terrified Black Male, Gets Attacked By Keyboard Warriors
Garden City, GA – Police officer Tim McMillan had just conducted a traffic stop after observing a young black male texting and driving. Upon approach of the vehicle he was stunned at what he saw. McMillan went onto write in his post:
When I went to talk to the driver, I found a young black male, who was looking at me like he was absolutely terrified with his hands up.
He said, “What do you want me to do officer?” His voice was quivering. He was genuinely scared.
I just looked at him for a moment, because what I was seeing made me sad. I said, “I just don’t want you to get hurt.”
In which he replied, with his voice still shaking, “Do you want me to get out of the car.”
I said, “No, I don’t want you to text and drive. I don’t want you to get in a wreck. I want your mom to always have her baby boy. I want you to grow up and be somebody. I don’t even want to write you a ticket. Just please pay attention, and put the phone down. I just don’t want you to get hurt.”
Its obvious Lt. McMillan has many years of service and can tell when a person is genuinely upset or scared. McMillan saw something in this young man that made him question what our country has come to. Why is that someone is so terrified by the very people that are here to protect and serve them? McMillan’s post didn’t stop there, he would go on to add, “I truly don’t even care who’s fault it is that young man was so scared to have a police officer at his window. Blame the media, blame bad cops, blame protesters, or Colin Kaepernick if you want. It doesn’t matter to me who’s to blame. I just wish somebody would fix it.”
As police officers, we can genuinely say our ultimate goal is to serve and protect our communities. It’s horrible that the news media, celebrities, and politicians have been pushing a false narrative about police officers. We are not the bad guys, we shouldn’t be feared, we do get it wrong sometimes, just as every person has. I have an inkling that this young man has been fed so many lies claiming police are out to hurt him. As a result, he knew no other reaction than fear when confronted by Lt. Tim McMillan.
Just as many interactions with the public and police go, nothing bad happened to this young black man or officer. All that was left after this traffic stop was a disappointed and saddened officer who doesn’t know how we got to the point that some see us as the bad guy.
In a subsequent statement from McMillan, despite the overwhelming positive response, he points out the fact that because of that simple post, which has now been shared almost 140,000 times, some are questioning his motives:
Since my original post, I have experienced stress and sadness not for myself but as humans. I received negativity, questioning my motives, “how much do I really care”. I have had people say hateful and hurtful things to me. I have suddenly, had my family which means more to me than anything in this world thrust into the spot light. I’ve had to remove my children and wife’s pictures from public view. Because in the end, as much as I love all of you. I am nothing if I don’t live by what I say. I look myself in the mirror and say “What can I do to be better?” everyday. Ultimately, that begins with being a good husband and and most importantly father.
I have had people make condescending comments. I have had people pick a part the littlest details in my post. I have been accused of things that I never did, nor would I do.
Police Officers are constantly under scrutiny, hoping that they do their job without making the news. McMillan ignited a great dialogue about the state of our country and policing. Are these few bad cops really to blame for the nationwide hatred and distrust of our police force or has the media taken things too far? Our stance is clear, share your thoughts below.