When LaVonte Dell was pulled over by the police, he had no idea that the events that were about to unfold would make him a viral sensation. It all started when Officer Joshua Scaglione of the Westland, Michigan Police Department stopped Dell’s vehicle to warn him about the tinted windows on his car. Upon further inspection, Scaglione noticed Dell’s 3-year-old daughter sitting in the backseat without a car seat. Out of fear, Dell explained that he was going through a very rough patch in his life and couldn’t afford a car seat for his daughter. He expected the worst, but that’s when things took an unexpected turn.
Touched by Dell’s story, Scaglione decided to pardon him from getting a ticket. He even bought him a new car seat for his daughter. It was a small gesture, but one that had a profound effect on Dell. He immediately went to social media to share his story with his friends, and it quickly went viral. ABC News went to the location where it all happened to get an interview from Officer Scaglione and LaVonte Dell, and both were amazed by how a small random act of kindness brought them so much attention.
When asked about the whole situation, LaVonte Dell told reporters “Don’t judge a book by its cover. You’ll be surprised what comes out of it.” Officer Scaglione shared the same sentiment, and he hopes this video will help change the negative perception surrounding police officers in the country.
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H/T: ABC News