When he was pulled over, this father’s stomach dropped. Before Levante Dell was pulled over, the cop pointed to his kid in the rear. It may have just been a typical Monday afternoon for him. On that day in April 2116, he was driving about Westland, Michigan, going about his business with his young daughter Lauren along for the ride.
Meanwhile, a cop from the City of Westland Police Department, Joshua Scaglioni, was in the neighborhood and on the beat, and the two men were about to meet. Scaglione had seen Dell’s vehicle had tinted windows, something the office was worried about.
Indeed, tinted windows that reflect 35% or more of light are prohibited in Michigan. It’s somewhat not surprising that Scaglione wanted to see if Dell’s car was in violation of the rule. As a result, Dell noticed the flashing lights that every driver dreads when driving. And, in an interview with ABC News about the event in April 2016, Dell described how he felt when he was pulled over. When he had the lights on, he continued, I did what almost everyone does when they get pulled over.
My stomach sank as my heart dropped to my stomach. That’s what I did, and it’s pretty much what everyone does when they’re pulled over. My stomach churned as a result of her drop.
Scaglione had ground to a stop because of the father’s Impala’s illegal windows, just as Dell had predicted. However, when the cop came around to Dell’s car, he found Lauren in the back without a car seat, and as a result, Dell was ordered to exit his vehicle, which made him fear the worst. Scaglione then began questioning Dell.
Rather than giving the driver a ticket, he sat and listened attentively. He even saw some points of agreement between them. And, based on what happened next, it appears that the officer’s heart broke for Dell and the reason for his lack of a car seat, as reported by USA Daily Brief.
Furthermore, the reasoning was heartbreaking. Dell had specifically stated that his child had outgrown her car seat and that he couldn’t afford to get her a new one. Dell’s own emotions seemed to rise to the surface as he delivered his sad story. According to Scagalioni, the dad even teared up a little. Why isn’t there a car seat for her? It was terrible, and he started crying. Scagalioni got an idea after hearing Dell’s explanation.
The officer later explained the situation to the Daily Mail. I thought to myself, “This is the perfect opportunity to help this guy.” And I said to myself.
This is the perfect opportunity for me to help this guy.
Scaglione has decided to follow him with a plan in mind. However, it was Walmart, not the police station, that was the target. Also, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to our channel and click the notice if you haven’t previously. Every day, Bell will be inspired by these real stories. Now, let’s get back to the story. There, the caring cop spent his own money to get Dela a car seat for his kid that had a special touch. Lauren’s favorite color was pink, and Gaglione chose a seat with a butterfly motif, Lauren’s favorite color.
When Dell returned to social media, that touching gesture would be noticed by a whole new audience. He told the story in a Facebook post, where he also thanked Gaglione for being a nice guy. Dell went on to say that he had been trying to track down the officer who had done the good deed, and towards the end of the post, Dell quoted Scaglione as saying, What good would it do you to give you a ticket another pushing you farther in the hole and making it harder for you to get up? Scaglione had apparently realized that he needed to get rid of the data, not add to his crushing debt.
The City of Westland Police Department, on the other hand, had no idea who had stepped in to assist Dell at first. Skaglioni hadn’t told any of his coworkers about the incident, and the cops appeared to understand why. It later stated in a Facebook post that “it’s clear that his sole purpose was to assist the driver, not to receive recognition.” Del was praised in that post for coming out with the story, not least because it had affected Gaglioni’s colleagues. The police department also allowed Dell to thank his savior in person once the caring cop’s identity was revealed. At the station, the two men were reunited.
During an interview with ABC News, Skaglioni, on the other hand, minimized his role as a knight in shining armor. According to the network’s report, the humble officer maintained that he was simply doing his job. I related to Dell’s story, he added. I identified myself in the situation since I had been there before. Indeed, it appears that Scaglione’s substantial gift was motivated by something other than appreciation and acknowledgment, as the cops’ comments to ABC News indicated. Rather than seeking praise for what he’d done for Dell, the officer merely asked that everyone who had been impacted by the story pay it forward through a generous act of charity.
Scaglione would soon receive recognition, whether he wanted it or not. That’s because he and Del were asked about Steve Harvey’s daytime show in July 2016 to discuss their first meeting. Under a screen that said The Power of Forgiveness, the two sat together. Scaglione was dressed in his uniform, whereas Dell was dressed in a suit.
Is it possible for you to accompany me to Walmart? And I said to him, Will you follow me to Walmart? I was taken aback and thought to myself, OK, I’ll follow you.
That’s better than prison. This isn’t the only time a cop has gone above and beyond to assist a citizen in need. In fact, the Huntington Beach Police Department’s Zach Pricer made the news in the same month as Dallas Skaglione’s first meeting for another very generous act.
Officer Pricer, in particular, distracted a homeless girl’s focus from her predicament by playing hopscotch with her. But, as Pricer revealed in an interview with ABC News in April 2016, there was another purpose for the game: I had to check on the welfare of the little girl, so I had to earn her trust and get her comfortable with me first, he said. Pricer, unlike Scaglioni, was keen to downplay the importance of his acts.
This is exactly what a lot of cops and communities across the country do every day, he’d tell ABC News. In an age when law enforcement and citizens are so divided and angry, it’s probably important to remember that there are true police who are more than prepared to go the extra mile. And Dell’s experience with Scaglione shows that some cops do just that.