One of the most stressful experiences we will probably have in life is getting pulled over by a police officer. From the moment that we see the blue lights flashing in the mirror behind us, we know that our day is not going to go well. Then again, what happened to this woman shows that it doesn’t always have to go the wrong direction.
Chy-Niece Thacker was on her way to a job interview. She was desperate to get work.
In order to make ends meet, she was cutting all of the corners she could possibly find to cut. She had also repaired her car, which made a big dent in her budget as well. It needed the maintenance and Chy-Niece decided it was now a priority.
That is when she got pulled over by a police officer. She was hoping that the cop would just let her go without giving her a ticket.
Like most of us, the first thing that she did was check the speedometer when she saw the lights behind her. She realized she wasn’t speeding but then she heard the siren.
Chy-Niece put on her turn signal and pulled off to a safe area along the road. That is when panic started to set in. She knew that she could be in real danger in such a situation.
Officer Jenkins walked up to her window and she started looking for her driver’s license and registration. That is when the police officer let her know that she didn’t need to show him anything. He was just there to tell her that she had a brake light out.
Chy-Niece explained that she had just paid to have her lights changed and she said that she couldn’t afford an auto repair bill, just to test the wiring.
Officer Jenkins told her to get out of the vehicle and open the trunk. He went to the back of the car and started tapping on the lights.
They still weren’t coming on so Jenkins went to the front of the car and started looking at the wiring. He then asked her to try the lights again and they were both working.
Chy-Niece wasn’t sure what he had done to get the lights working but she was amazed at how kind he was. She told him that she was panicked when he started to pull her over but he said: “I care more about your safety than giving you a ticket. I don’t want anyone running into the back of you.”
He then told her to have a good day and that was the last she saw him.
If only we had more officer Jenkins’ in the world today. He could have given her a ticket or a warning but he did what he could to make sure that she was safe when she got back on the road again.
He didn’t know it but she was taking pictures and a video of the entire thing. She had been suspicious so she had her camera out but instead of doing something corrupt, he did something amazing.
Some shots from the video were uploaded to Facebook and managed to get almost 500,000 likes and over 100,000 shares, and still going.
Among the people that commented on the post were the police department, The Henrico County Police. They were happy to hear that one of their police officers was truly serving the public and thanked her for letting others know about it.
Thanks to the help of this kind officer, she was able to get to her interview without a problem. She also had plenty of confidence by that point and was offered the job.
We live in a world where we often hear bad news about police officers but it’s important to remember that many of them are still out there to protect and serve.