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After traffic stop, cop drives man more than 100 miles to join grieving family for his sister's funeral


"It was just so overwhelming."

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"Everybody knows how much I dislike cops," he wrote, "but I am truly [grateful] for this guy. He gave me hope."

Those are the words Mark Ross wrote on Facebook Sunday after being pulled over for speeding on his way from Indiana to Detroit, where his family was gathered grieving the sudden death of his 15-year-old sister, Liza.

Instead of taking him into custody because of an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, Sgt. David Robinson prayed over Ross and his family and then drove him more than 100 miles to meet his heartbroken family.

As it turns out, Ross' trip was a gamble from the beginning. The friend he had convinced to drive him the long distance to be reunited with his mother was driving without a license and it wasn't long before the state highway patrolman pulled the pair over for speeding.

So Ross was expecting just about anything — except what happened.

"It was just so overwhelming," Ross told of Robinson's actions. "They were trying to help us."

While Ross' friend did end up "getting locked up," Michigan’s Wayne County Police Department, which issued the warrant, did not want to send someone to get him, so the officer selflessly drove him to a Detroit restaurant.

This comes amid increased tension between the black community and police departments following fatal police-involved shootings in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week.

As Ross was exiting Robinson's police cruiser once they finally reached Detroit, he said the officer leaned over and asked "if he could pray over me" — a moment he described as "overwhelming" and one that "took me away from my own reality."

The family was so grateful for Robinson's kind gesture that they invited him to attend Liza's funeral, which he is planning to do.

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