WTVM Editorial 10/14/16: Positive police stories

WTVM Editorial 10/14/16: Positive police stories

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It may seem like the only news recently about police officers is negative and usually, features some element of racial bias.
But two recent incidents in Georgia tell just the opposite story, so I thought they were worth sharing.

Both incidents happen to involve white officers and African Americans.

First, in Greenville, in Meriwether County, police officer Kenneth Knox responded to a report of a tiny African American baby choking on cereal. She had stopped breathing, and her mother was desperate to save her life.

Officer Knox says "god touched him" and he performed a lifesaving maneuver on the 2-month-old. When he heard her cry, he claims it was his proudest achievement in 25 years on the force. Now the baby's parents want officer Knox to be the infant's godfather...and he proudly accepted.

The officer says the young man was terrified and shaking at being stopped by the police. The officer says all he wanted to do was reassure the man he had his best interests at heart.

He told him: '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.'

The officer let the unnamed man off the hook and didn't even write him a ticket.

While the bad actions of some police officers grab headlines, these officers' quiet acts of kindness and fairness should be acknowledged and celebrated as the kind of character not all, but most law enforcement officials exhibit every day.


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