LaVonte Dell was driving in Westland, Michigan on April 18 when a police officer pulled him over for having tinted windows. When officer Josh Scaglione approached the car, he noticed Dell's three-year-old daughter in the back without a car seat. Scaglione asked Dell why the little girl wasn't in a car seat and Dell responded that he couldn't afford one. Scaglione then asked Dell to step out of the car. In an interview with ABC News, Dell said that he expected to be hit with a bunch of tickets. But they just had a discussion, and Dell explained to the police officer that his paycheck was being garnished.
Then, just when everyone was about to give up on cops altogether, officer Scaglione did something really nice. Instead of giving Dell a ticket, Scaglione asked him, "Do you need a car seat?" He said yes, and in a scenario Dell said he never imagined in his wildest dreams, officer Scaglione asked him to follow him to the nearest WalMart so that he could buy him a car seat, which he did, with his own money. Scaglione told FOX that he just "wanted to pay it forward."
Dell posted a thank you on the Westland Police Department's Facebook, which has since gone viral, with over 6,000 shares and 11,000 likes.
Dell's post reads:
Yesterday I was pulled over in westland for my window tint.. this stop went nothin like I thought it would.. he got my shit and was walking back to the car and seen my daughter wasn't in a car seat the old one was done for so he asked me to get out and speak with him he asked why didn't she have one and i told him all I been thru this year like I'm barely making it because of these garnishments and I really don't like asking people for shit. Do you know this white police officer told me to follow him to Walmart on ford road and he purchased my daughter a car seat with his own money.. If you would have seen us in Walmart u would have thought we were best friends it was like night and day u got me hella tats walkin side by side with a white officer westland at that.. I've been calling all day trying to get his name because I was so in shock I didn't even look at his name tag. Never judge a book by its cover its most def is some good guys left.. I told him I never met a officer like u he said I'm just doing my job what good would giving u a ticket do besides putting u further in the hole making it harder on you to come up..
Dell posted his thanks on Facebook, saying, "I feel that he should get the recognition he deserves. Everybody should know what he did."
So let it be known, if you need a car seat, head on over to Michigan, and just ask for Officer Scaglione. He's buying.