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Moment of Hope: Black Man Pays for Table of Police Officers' Meals as Nationwide Protests Continue

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westernjournal.com

Moment of Hope: Black Man Pays for Table of Police Officers' Meals as Nationwide Protests Continue

Michael Austin

Between the nationwide protests calling for the defunding of police departments and the recent killing of an Alabama police officer, times have been tough for law enforcement personnel in the state.

Amid all of the turmoil, one heartfelt gesture on Sunday brightened the lives of four officers with Alabama’s Pell City Police Department.

Sgt. Shenandoah McInnish told The Western Journal that the four officers — himself, along with Cpl. Barry Wathen and officers Isaiah Johnson and Joshua Wheeler — were enjoying breakfast together at a local Cracker Barrel “as a team and as a family” when a man approached their table and volunteered to pay for their meals.

The man made the gesture out of respect for their service and to offer condolences for the death of Moody Police Department Sgt. Stephen Williams, a husband and father of three who was shot and killed June 2, according to AL.com.

“With everything that’s going on and what happened with the officer in Moody, this gentleman, he decided he was going to buy us breakfast,” McInnish said.

Stunned by the generosity of the gesture, McInnish asked the man, “Sir, you sure?”

The man replied, “You give me them tickets, I got this,” McInnish recounted.

“It’s on me,” the man added.

Should more communities be showing support for their police officers?

“I was kind of overtaken with the moment. So were my guys. I got up and hugged his neck, they followed suit. He thanked us for what we did and he said, ‘I want to thank you guys for your service,'” McInnish said.

“He looked at me, kind of looked at the guys and with emotion in his voice, said, ‘I’m really sorry about what happened to that officer in Moody.'”

McInnish went on to explain what the experience meant to him, what it meant the other officers who were present and what the gesture said about their community as a whole.

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https://www.westernjournal.com/black-man-walks-table-police-officers-cracker-barrel-refuses-take-no-answer/

 

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zurg

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Ticked@TinselTown

When they report this without stating the color of the person making the gesture, then we'll know that racism is on its way out for good.

This gentleman did a generous and kind thing that was more meaningful to the four officers than he can possibly imagine.

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grimreefer

I've seen a bunch of these types of stories here and there, mostly low key, which gives me comfort in my belief that there are still more good people than bad.

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