Black officer who helped KKK supporter says policing is helping people ‘regardless of beliefs’

Black officer who helped KKK supporter As hatred and racial intolerance engulfed a South Carolina rally over the weekend, a poignant picture of a black police chief helping a man who was wearing a swastika T-shirt emerged on Twitter.

The sick man, according to reports, had suffered from heatstroke and was being helped by Leroy Smith, the director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Black officer who helped KKK supporter The powerful photo, captured by Twitter user Rob Godfrey, shows police officer Leroy Smith helping the unidentified KKK supporter out of the sun

Smith’s display of love and humanity in the face of hatred went viral, already getting retweeted thousands of times in the course of a single day.

Leroy Smith said in a statement that the photo, taken at a Ku Klux Klan rally, captured “who we are in South Carolina” and represents what law enforcement is all about: helping people “regardless of the person’s skin color, nationality or beliefs”.

“I consider myself like every other officer who was out there braving the heat on Saturday to preserve and protect,” he said.

The photo shows just the hand of black Columbia fire chief Aubrey Jenkins, who also was assisting the man.

“I hope this photo will be a catalyst for people to work to overcome some of the hatred and violence we have seen in our country in recent weeks,” Smith said.

Leroy Smith is an officer and a gentlemen. We’re proud of him for setting such a wonderful example of human kindness


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16 thoughts on “Black officer who helped KKK supporter says policing is helping people ‘regardless of beliefs’

  1. Wow. This is a powerful message delivered via picture. It shows the path forward is helping each other, forgiveness and love. The flag came down because family of nine killed members of a church chose to forgive the killer. This act will make inroads in the walls of hate. Well done.

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  2. Awesome story! Things like this could change the negative thinking of a lot of people. Think of a pebble thrown in the water the rings start small but get bigger, and bigger. One act of ransom kindness can snowball out to many acts of kindness.

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