When a Michigan man was pulled over for his tinted windows and the officer noticed his daughter was not in a car seat, the father was shocked by how the officer reacted.
LaVonte Dell was pulled over in Westland, Michigan, while driving with his 3-year-old daughter in the back seat. Officer Joshua Scaglione walked up to the car and noticed after looking into the tinted windows that Dell's daughter was not in a car seat.
"I asked him why is she back there without a car seat. It's not safe," the officer told WXYZ. "He teared up a little bit and told me he was going through some tough times."
The officer then asked the father to step out of the car.
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"I was expecting the worst," Dell said.
Much to his surprise, Scaglione didn't give Dell any trouble. Instead, he talked to the father and took some time to find out what was going on.
"I related to the fact that I've been in that situation before," Scaglione said. "I realized this was the perfect opportunity to help him."
Rather than ticketing the father, Scaglione asked Dell to follow him. The officer drove to Wal-Mart, with Dell and his daughter right behind him. There, he bought Dell's daughter a car seat.
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Dell was shocked by the officer's actions and said he felt like Scaglione really cared about him and his family.
"You would have thought we were best friends. No awkward silence," Dell said. "I learned about him. He learned about me."
Scaglione said Dell "seems like a blue collar hard working guy who was doing the best he could for his family."
Dell thanked the officer for his generosity, but after they parted ways, he realized he never got his name. Partially in an attempt to find Scaglione, he shared the story on Facebook, where it quickly went viral.
"I feel like he should get the recognition," Dell told WXYZ. "Everyone should know what he did."
Dell said the kindness of Scaglione gave him a new appreciation for the police.
"Don't judge a book by its cover," he said. "You'd be surprised what comes of it."
Officer Scaglione says he is glad to have changed Dell's perception of the police, but that he was only trying to help someone in need.
Since the story went viral, Scaglione has received messages from people all over the country wanting to thank him for his service.