SWAT Officer Michael Wayne of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was sitting in his police car Wednesday, August 9 when a woman approached him with two Walmart bags. The woman, Shameka Batiste, seemed nervous as she handed the goodies to Wayne before scurrying away.
Among many other things, Wayne was gifted with two bananas, a liter of Coke, and a giant sandwich. A handwritten note was also attached to the receipt.
“The note thanked me for choosing to be who I am and said that her [10-year-old] son Rashad wanted to be a SWAT Officer one day,” Wayne wrote in a viral Facebook post. He was so moved by the gesture that he scoured the parking lot until he found Batiste.
The new acquaintances had a brief conversation about Wayne’s 9-year career on the force. Batiste mentioned how she teaches her children to not see color.
Most importantly, she praises the experiences she’s had with law enforcement. According to Wayne, their meeting ended on common ground.
“We exchanged several long hugs … she told me to stay safe and that she loved me,” Wayne said. After such a great encounter, he couldn’t wait to meet Batiste’s son.
Several days later, Wayne and Rashad came face-to-face. The SWAT officer learned that the young boy sells cakes to help people in need.
Wayne made a $40 donation to Rashad’s charity, “Baby Bears Bundts,” and also gave him a Star badge to wear. He expressed how happy he was to have met the two.
“I have much love for Shameka and Rashad, and I look forward to building a wonderful relationship with their family,” he wrote. “Love over hate…”
In a separate Facebook post, Batiste also shared the same sentiments. According to her, love always wins.
“Take a stand against the hate & anger!” she wrote. “Share your love today!”