What ensued after one Tennessee police officer approached a black Muslim man has captured national attention -- but for the right reasons.
West African immigrant and former cab driver Alex Al-Hassan Darboe recalls how he found himself unable to drive due to a flat tire, WATE reports.
“All of a sudden this cop slowed down and he said, ‘How can I help you?’" Darboe explained on his Facebook page. "We said we have a flat tire. I don’t know how to change a flat tire.”
In the midst of increased racial tensions, what happened next warmed hearts all over the internet.
Despite how hot the day reportedly was, Roane County Deputy Kyle Canup took action.
“The tire was underneath his vehicle, so I had to get it out and got under the car," Canup said. "I had a lot of black tar on my hands.”
Despite how dirty the job was, Canup pressed on.
“I could tell they didn’t have much experience changing a tire,” he said. “I just did what I would have done with anyone that needed help.”
The act of kindness stunned Darboe, who later called Canup the “nicest and kindest” officer.
“With everything going on across the country, Black Lives Matter and protests across the country, so many black people are mad about the treatment of young black people," Darboe wrote on Facebook. "It’s easy for people to think that all cops do is go after young black people and kill them. My encounter with Kyle has changed my perception of police officers in America in general. I don’t see officers as a threat to me. I see them as my friends."
While Canup thought it was "neat" that his actions had touched so many, he said it was just a part of the job.
“I didn’t do it to be on the internet or news," he said. "But it’s nice to see people respond to it. It’s not just me. It’s all the guys I work with. All the officers in our community."