A police officer helped this grieving man make it home to his family instead of arresting him.
It may seem rare, but news of a black man being pulled over by a cop and the incident ending happily is making headlines this week.
Mark Ross, a man from Indiana, heard at 3am on Sunday that his 15-year-old sister was killed in a car accident and immediately arranged for himself to get a ride to Detroit to be with his grieving mother. Since he doesn’t have a car, Detroit is over 100 miles away, and it was very last minute, the only friend he could find that was willing had a suspended license. After some hesitation, Ross begged him to drive him and the two were off.
Of course, when the men were pulled over for going 100 miles per hour, they assumed the worst would occur and not just because of the recent news of police brutality. While the driver had a suspended license, Ross himself had a warrant for his arrest because of a petty misdemeanor.
The officer that pulled them over had already arrested his friend for having a suspended license, and Ross knew he was next. With his friend arrested and his vehicle towed, the prospect of Ross ever arriving in Detroit to see his mother and attend his sister’s funeral was dimming. The officer had already contacted the county where Ross had been arrested, but the county didn’t want to make the drive to come pick him up.
It was at this point that something amazing happened. Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant David Robison showed up to assist in the situation and spoke with Ross.
“I knew I was going to jail due to a petty warrant,” he said. “I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry.”
Instead of driving him to Wayne County in Michigan, where Ross’ outstanding warrant was, to have him locked up, Robison drove Ross to a Detroit (which is Wayne County) restaurant more than 100 miles from where they were in Ohio so that he could meet with a cousin. That cousin then drove him to be with his mother so the two could grieve together. In addition, he said,
“[Robison] 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 for this Guy. He gave me hope.”
The family was so grateful to Robison for bringing their family together during this tragic time that they extended an invitation to the sister’s funeral, which the officer graciously accepted.
“It was just so overwhelming,” Ross told Inside Edition. “They were trying to help us.”
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