A black man helped a white woman when someone assaulted her in Columbia, South Carolina. But this is about more than different races and different genders. This is about very different lives.
Ashley Hardesty is a police officer in Columbia, and last Christmas she was doing her job when she confronted a knife-wielding man who had already threatened and attacked a gas station attendant. But that armed man, much larger than Ashley, turned his attack on HER, knocking her to the ground several times, with her drawn gun flying across the pavement.
When bystander Cray Turmon realized what was going on, he ran at the armed man and tackled him to the ground, so Ashley could get her handcuffs on him.
Posted by Nate Williams on Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Cray is homeless, living at a nearby shelter, and felt a strong need to help the female officer subdue the man, later identified as Donald Brown, a man with a long criminal past.
Says Cray: “She had done everything she could…I had tunnel vision. It was going to get ugly…something had to be done. I’m just tired of seeing the violence.”
Because of his tremendously heroic deed, Columbia Police Chief honored Cray with a certificate for his “extraordinary actions to preserve life and aid public safety.”
Says Cray: “It felt good to actually have the law pat me on the back. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything… So I stood for something.”
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