An ex-convict met up with the police officer who arrested him, and the result was not what some might have expected.
Texas City Officer Salvador Chapa was at a barbecue Saturday when he was approached by Doc Amey, who was arrested by Chapa on a gun charge eight years ago.
Amey was so troubled by the recent violence against police that he asked Officer Chapa to step aside with him and join him in a prayer for the officer’s safety.
A fellow barbecue attendee, Kevin Woods, was so moved by the scene that he snapped a picture and posted it to Facebook, where it has since been shared more than 30 thousand times, including by the Texas City Police Department itself.
I got to watch something so amazing I’m speechless. We are at a cook off and I see Sal Chapa get pulled away. I look over and they are in prayer. Sal arrested this guy about 8 years ago on a gun charge. The young man got a 5 year sentence. While he was in prison he said “God if you are real turn my life around”. He got out after serving a year and half. Has graduated bible college with perfect attendance and his strong in his church. This man wanted to pray for the officers safety. We should be seeing more of this in America. There shouldn’t be race involved and this is living proof that color doesn’t matter. This is a prime example. All lives matter ONE NATION UNDER GOD! prayers to your brother and I pray for you. Continue of your path brother thank you for saying a prayer for my brother.
Chapa told ABC 13 that he’s happy the picture has gone viral and hopes it helps people to see police in a positive light.
“After seeing the picture getting posted and all, I was overwhelmed but at the same time I was happy it happened,” he said. “I hope whoever views it looks at police in a different aspect. We’re here to help everybody.”
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