In light of all the current issues around policing—particularly as it relates to how black, brown and Indigenous people suffer at the hands of law enforcement—here are two stories that will inspire us to remember that most humans have good empathetic hearts and will act with compassion regardless of historical trauma or color barriers.

Our first story, from Aleesha Khaliq of CNN, is about Patrick Hutchinson who was attending a Black Lives Matter protest in London when he saw a white-color man lying in the fetal position while being beaten by several people from far-right groups. Patrick and several of his friends intervened to form a cordon around the injured man, who was later identified as Bryn Male, a retired police officer. Eventually, Patrick picked up Bryn into a fireman’s carry and took him to safety.

When asked why he intervened, Patrick said that he didn’t want the BLM protest to be known as a violent gathering. He went on to say that he’d like to break down race barriers because, “we’re all one people, we are all one race.” Moreover, Patrick pointed out that had just one of the officers involved with George Floyd intervened, George’s life would have been saved. “You have to show some sort of love for your fellow man, regardless,” he said.

The second story involves Daylan McLee of Uniontown PA, who came upon a two-car collision at an intersection. One of those vehicles was a police car containing Officer Jay Hanely, whose leg was trapped in the wreckage. With the police car on fire, another officer unsuccessfully tried to pry Jay free. At that point, Daylan stepped in, ripped the door open, and pulled Jay to safety across the street.

As reported both by CBS News and Brian Niemietz in the NY Daily News, Daylan had been arrested in 2016 on an unsubstantiated weapons charge that left him in jail for a year awaiting trial. Further, earlier this year Daylan was charged with resisting arrest when confronted by plainclothes cops.

Daylan said he didn’t hesitate to help Jay because he had been taught certain values. “We need to work on our humanity…that’s the main problem of this world. We’re stuck on how to get up or to get even, and that is not how I was raised to be. You learn, you live, you move on and I was always taught to forgive big.”

I highly recommend viewing the CBS New story about Daylan’s act of courage. You will see him reunite with Jay and his wife, who are eternally thankful that Daylan was willing to act with great compassion in a situation where some would understand if he didn't want to become involved.

Please share about these stories. Yes, we have much to work on around policing in America, but these two stories show that it’s still possible to get past animosity if we can just see each other as humans.