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Inkster man's police stop goes viral

Westland officer pays for daughter's car seat out of own pocket

INKSTER, Mich. – LaVonte Dell thought he was going to be getting a big, fat expensive ticket Monday when a Westland police officer pulled him over on Ford Road.

Dell wasn't speeding and his plates are up-to-date, but he does have tinted windows.

The officer asked for his license, registration and insurance and left to go back to his squad car. When he returned, he asked Dell to step out of the car.

Dell, who is black, expected the worst out from the white officer. Instead, the cop asked him why he didn’t have a car seat for his 3-year-old daughter in the back seat.

Money is extremely tight for Dell right now and he leveled with the officer. The next thing he knew, the officer told him to follow him to Walmart, where he paid for a car seat for Dell's daughter out of his own pocket.

Dell was so flabbergasted by the act of kindness, he forgot to get the officer's name, so he put the story out on Facebook and it's gone viral.

"It changed my whole outlook on life because he didn't have to do what he did," Dell told Local 4 News.

Westland police told Local 4 News they're aware of their officer's generosity, but he'd like to remain anonymous.


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