In a world where hate crimes still are a major problem, in a country where there has long existed discrimination against people belonging to a different racial group, there are small incidents that bring faith and hope back that we can all coexist in peace.
An ex-convict spots the officer that put him in jail eight years ago, and walks towards him. This could be the perfect start to a thriller, and it would definitely involve gunshots, revenge plans, and lots of chasing and running.Unsplash/ Oliver Hale Source: Unsplash/ Oliver Hale
Yet, this is real life and, thankfully, sometimes things don’t turn out as one might expect.
Edward, “Doc”, Amey used to be a naughty kid and teenager. He had always had trouble with the police and had been arrested several times for various crimes.
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“I have not always been a friend to the police,” Amey told Humankind . “I grew up selling drugs. I’ve been to prison three times.”
Amey’s past includes six felony convictions and several more misdemeanors. However, somewhere along the way, he decided to step away from crime and try to build a new life, based on Christian principles.
In 2007, he was arrested for the last time by officer Salvador Chapa from the Texas City Police Department.
Chapa arrested him on a gun charge and this meant that Amey would do time in jail for several years. His sentence, indeed, was for five years.YouTube Screenshot Source: YouTube Screenshot
But, while in prison, Amey had an epiphany. He decided to turn to God and rely on him to get him out of the wrong path he had taken in life until then.
So, Amey said “God if you are real turn my life around”. Indeed, after a year and a half, the young man was set free and that’s when he started being more actively involved with the church and decided to dedicate his life to God and His word.Unsplash/ Karl Fredrickson Source: Unsplash/ Karl Fredrickson
The ex-convict graduated bible college with perfect attendance and he kept being active and strong in his local church for the years to come. And then, one day, he saw the man that once put him in jail, Salvador Chapa. Unlike what one might have expected, Amey’s instinct wasn’t to take revenge on the man that once arrested him- after all, he was not the same person anymore.
All Amey wanted to do was pray for the officer that risked his life on a daily basis to keep the local community safe and crime-free.YouTube Screenshot Source: YouTube Screenshot
So, he approached him and asked to pray with him. The powerful moment was captured by a bystander, Kevin Woods, who thought the moment was too powerful to not be shared. And that’s why he posted the picture along with a short text explaining the reason why the moment was so special.Facebook Source: Facebook
“This man wanted to pray for the officers safety. We should be seeing more of this in America. There shouldn’t be race involved and this is living proof that color doesn’t matter. This is a prime example. All lives matter ONE NATION UNDER GOD!” he wrote in his post that was reshared by the local police department.
As Amey told in his interview, young black men killing cops and vice versa, is something that is commonly seen, but it should stop and be replaced by moments like the one he shared with his officer brother.
Let’s hope that this inspiring story sets an example and urges people to be kind to one another, no matter what race they belong to or whatever lies in their past.
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