The compassionate actions of a Texas law enforcement official this month did not go unnoticed.
Michael Harris was traveling with his 7-year-old daughter, Mikylie, on Aug. 10 when he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop by officer Mike Collins.
Mikylie was napping when her father was pulled over.
When Collins approached the vehicle, Harris informed him he had a concealed weapons permit and asked if he should turn over the firearm to the officer.
Collins told him that would not be necessary.
In a statement to ABC News Harris said, “Once the officer got to my door he asked me for my license and registration and I told him that I had a conceal carry license and that I had a pistol on my right hip.”
As the two men spoke, the young girl woke from her nap and became frightened.
“After I told him that, my daughter came out of the back crying and freaking out,” Harris said.
Harris said his daughter began to cry because she is frightened by police officers.
“She’s seen a lot of stories on the news and one time she asked me why black people and white people are killing each other, I didn’t know what to say,” Harris said.
When Collins heard this, he decided to take steps to assuage the child’s fears and give her a different impression about police than what she may have heard.
Collins invited Mikylie in his police vehicle, and showed her how to turn on the siren and lights.
He also gave her a sticker.
“It meant a lot to see him take the time,” Harris said of Collins’ gesture of goodwill.
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