UPDATE >> We talked to Officer Jim Allen about the traffic stop. He had an important message to share >>...Posted by KIRO 7 News on Friday, July 31, 2015
When Amby M. Johnson saw the flashing lights in her rearview mirror in Seattle, she knew she was going to get a ticket. At 38 weeks pregnant, she was having a "really bad contraction," so she decided to drive around a speed bump in the road to avoid further pain.
A female military police officer pulled her over and explained the reason — her license plates were expired.
"I reached to my back seat and showed her that I had the new ones, my husband just had not had the time to put them on," Johnson wrote on Facebook. "He's in the Navy and sometimes he works long days, and I don't want to bother him to put them on . . . Bending over to put them on myself was definitely out of the question."
A few moments later, another car pulled up and a male police officer, Jim Allen, approached Johnson's vehicle. But instead of issuing a citation, the two officers returned her paperwork and instructed her to affix the license plates soon. Johnson politely asked if Allen could help right then and there. He politely obliged.
Johnson took a photo of the officer and posted it on Facebook. Her caption, which was updated after the image went viral in August 2015, read:
"Today you don't hear about the officers who actually do good, but I wanted to be one of the people to give credit when it's due. . . I just wish people who comment and share the story would stop seeing race or the fact that I said he was sweating his balls off. It bothers me so bad that majority of the shares have the heading WHITE OFFICER helps BLACK WOMAN. . . Just see the story for what it is. A good officer helping out a woman. No race."
As for Allen? The female officer joked at the time that he should be awarded officer of the year. His thoughts on the situation, which he told to KIRO 7 News, were simple: "We're human, too and we need to have compassion."