This Cop Bought A Family A Car Seat Instead Of Writing A Ticket

Last week in the city of Westland, Michigan, a police officer pulled a car over for its illegally tinted windows. After noticing a child in the car without a safety seat, the officer learned that the driver had come upon tough times. That’s when the officer decided to make a Walmart run with the stranger and his daughter, Fox 29 reports.


The TV station has a story on police officer Joshua Scaglione, who pulled over LaVonte Dell for having illegally tinted windows. While talking with the driver, Scaglione spotted a child in the car who was not sitting in a child seat. After a quick conversation, the officer learned that the driver was having trouble scraping together enough money for a seat for his daughter.

So Scaglione told the man to follow his police cruiser to the nearest WalMart.

In the end, the officer bought the man a child seat, and drove away in a police cruiser. LaVonte didn’t get the man’s name, but was moved to write a post on Facebook to give the officer the recognition he deserves:

Identifying the officer took some time. The Westland Police Community Partnership writes on Facebook:

It was difficult to identify the officer responsible as he had not told anyone about what had happened. It is clear that his sole purpose was to assist the driver, not to receive recognition.

Eventually, police identified the officer as Joshua Scaglione, and expressed their gratitude on Facebook, saying:

The Westland Police Department would like to express how proud we are of the officer responsible, Officer Joshua Scaglione.

We would also like to thank the driver, LaVonte Dell for coming forward and sharing this experience with us. In a world filled with negative stories, the fact that you shared yours has had an unbelievably positive impact on all of us. Thank you.


Good work, Scaglione.

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