Viral Feel-Good Story of the Day: Cop Goes Out of His Way for a Cash-Strapped Dad
A Michigan police officer's act of kindness to a down-on-his-luck dad has gone viral and touched the hearts of people across the country.
LaVonte Dell was pulled over by a Westland police officer Monday for his car's tinted windows.
Dell, a black man, wrote in a Facebook post that he assumed the worst when he saw a white cop approaching his vehicle.
What happened next was certainly not the kind of interaction Dell was expecting.
In the Facebook post, Dell explained that the officer asked him why he didn’t have his three-year-old daughter secured in a child car seat.
Dell told him that money was just too tight.
Instead of issuing Dell a ticket for the tinted windows and not having his daughter properly strapped in, the officer told Dell to follow him to a nearby Walmart.
When they arrived at the store, the officer paid for a car seat out of his own pocket.
Dell was so shocked by the Good Samaritan officer that he didn't even think to catch his name.
He took to Facebook to recount the incident, and the department stepped up to help identify the officer.
Wednesday evening, Dell had an opportunity to meet Officer Joshua Scaglione again at the police station and give his thanks.
Dell said the moral of the story is, "Never judge a book by its cover."
Watch the feel-good Fox 2 report above.