Activist Post is two for two when it comes to positive police stories this week.
People are more apt to record negative police interactions especially considering that the footage is needed to prove a claim in court. It isn’t too often that the neutral or positive stories make it to the surface. However, the response to such videos shows a great desire among Americans to see more of the recent, seemingly positive developments.
We don’t know many details at all about the viral video below. It continues to be shared on Facebook (over 65,000 times as of this writing) and has been viewed over 7.5 million times.
An officer appeared to have pulled up in a parking lot at night with a swarm of young adults standing there. He leans on the patrol car and somehow commands their complete attention, respect and cooperation. If only there was a way to capture that essence and send it everywhere.
The fact that the video is continuing to rack up millions of views and thousands of shares is further proof how willing people are to commend respectful and peaceful interactions with police. It is evidence that authoritarian and brutal tactics are less likely to garner respect.
Of course, it should be duly noted that it is the calm and attentive demeanor of the teenagers that aided in a positive outcome for this interaction too.
The man recording the interaction extended his hand and said “thank you” to the officer.
“Mucho gusto,” he replied.