A man pulled over for speeding by a police officer felt the result of their meeting was so positive it needed to be publicized.
Greg Barnes Jr., an African-American man from Muncie, Indiana, was stopped by a police officer on Sept. 18.
“I was pulled over today for speeding. The officer did not know me nor did I know him, but we each showed one another a mutual display of respect in our interaction,” Barnes wrote in a Facebook post, reports TheBlaze. “He was doing his job, and I had made a mistake in trying to hurry home to get started moving that lead to our path’s crossing.”
The officer ran Barnes’ data, before returning to the car. The pair then exchanged comments about how their days were going, TheBlaze reported.
Barnes and the unnamed officer discussed how they wanted to avoid repeating recent situations where interactions between police officers and members of the public had turned violent, with sometimes deadly consequences.
“In the end we both thanked each other for our mutual displays of respect and agreed to take a ‘selfie’ together to help tell our story,” Barnes added.
Barnes posted the picture on his Facebook page with a message.
“I can’t stress enough that NO demographic and/or profession of people are all bad,” he wrote. “Neither of us are the enemy, We can continue to fight against each other until we are literally ‘black and blue,’ or we can show one another the respect we inherently deserve, not as ‘black man’ and ‘blue police officer,’ but as humans. None greater, none less.”
Barnes also included a #Respect hashtag on the end of his post.
Since Barnes posted the image, it has gone viral, reports Fox 10.