Racist white cop brutalizes black man . . . oh wait, that's not what happened

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Thursday September 29th, 2016

Prayer, love, compassion and brotherhood . . . from the finest of a very fine profession.

Maybe it's gratuitous and needlessly provocative to tease this story in the way I did. I thought about it. But I don't think so, and here's why: Dishonest politicians, malevolent activists and irresponsible journalists are peddling the narrative, pretty much on a daily basis, that police officers throughout America are systematically engaging in the racist brutalization of black people. This narrative is despicable. It takes a tiny handful of incidents - the majority of which are completely misrepresented - and spins it into a nationwide epidemic that simply isn't happening.

One result of this crime against the truth is that black men, who trust the people they're hearing from, have become terrified for their safety every time they encounter the police. Their fear is real and sincere, but it's entirely unfounded because it's based on a lie.

One of those who hated and feared police officers as a result of this narrative was Mark E. Ross. And he had some reason to be afraid, as he had several outstanding warrants when the friend who was driving him to his sister's funeral was stopped by an Ohio state trooper. But where the story goes from here is a beautiful microcosm of the truth destroying this evil and false narrative (and credit to CNN, which we criticize a lot around here, for reporting this):

Over the weekend, Ross found out his sister had died in a car accident. He hopped in a car a friend was driving and sped toward Detroit, he said in a Facebook post.

As the car passed through Ohio, an officer pulled it over.

The driver was taken to jail in Wayne County, Michigan, and the vehicle was impounded.

Ross knew this might be more than just a traffic stop for him too -- he had a petty warrant out for his arrest, which meant he too was probably going to jail, according to CNN affiliate WDTN.

As he began to tell the officer about the loss of his sister, Ross broke down crying. That's when his luck changed.

One of the troopers at the scene -- Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. David Robison -- started to pray with Ross.

"He reaches over and began praying over me and my family," Ross wrote on Facebook. "Everybody knows how much I dislike cops, but I am truly (grateful) for this guy. He gave me hope."

Robison also did one other thing for Ross: He offered to drive him 100 miles to Wayne County to bail out the driver and get him closer to Michigan.

Here's how Ross himself described the incident on his own Facebook post:

At 3am I got a phone call stating that my sister had been killed in a car accident due to some young dumb punk! I haven't slept and instantly got on the road. Of course we were speeding, trying to get back to Detroit. And we got pulled over in Ohio. I knew I was going to Jail due to a petty warrant. The police called Wayne county and they refused to come get me because of the distance. I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother asap. I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He 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.

Hopefully Ross's attitude toward cops will change now that he's had a real-life experience rather than simply being spoon-fed slanderous nonsense by politicians, the media, activists and jerks like Colin Kaepernick. You can see that exposure to peopel as they really are can go a long way toward changing a preconceived notion based on lies.

Well done, Patrol Sgt. David Robison, for living your faith and putting the professionalism and compassion of the law enforcement profession on display. It takes a lot of truth to overcome as many lies as are being told these days, but it only takes a little light to eviscerate the darkness.

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