June 24, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: The Whisper In Someone’s Ear

by Jae S. Brown

Age 38. Atlanta, GA

In communities where the distrust between officers and its citizens are always high, a white police officer saved a young black male from himself.  At the age of 19, I was young and misguided.  One night two friends and I went to a party.  While at the party, all three of us participated in drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.  We realized our mistake at the end of the night.  We talked it over and came to the decision I was the best person to drive us home.  Obviously our decision-making skills had been diminished, but the choice to put me behind the wheel would ultimately save us all.

Out walks this police officer who looks just like the kind of officer who doesn’t like black people.


While driving home, I was stopped for erratic driving.  Out walks this police officer who looks just like the kind of officer who doesn’t like black people.  In my mind I am saying, “The Man is stopping me, The Man trying to hold me down” In reality it’s my own actions that brought me to this fateful moment.  There I was a young black male living out the stereotype; this was definitely not the person I envisioned myself being.  The police officer asked me to step outside of the car.  He smelled the marijuana on my body and asked had I been smoking.  I said “yes”.  He then asked had I been drinking.  Once again I said “yes”.  His next question was, if he searched my car would he find alcohol or drugs.  I said no to alcohol but explained I may have some remnants of marijuana in the car.  “Why are you trying to get home?” the officer asked.  I told him I was in college and had to study for a test in the morning.  In a surprised tone he asked, “You are in college?” I told him yes. He then asked if my two passengers were in college.  I said “no”.

The officer saw me in a different light and whispered in my ear, “Don’t let your friends get you in trouble you can’t get yourself out of.”


The officer saw me in a different light and whispered in my ear, “Don’t let your friends get you in trouble you can’t get yourself out of.”  He let me go and told me go straight home.  That night changed my life.  I could have easily been locked up for a DUI and possession, but this officer gave me a second chance.  I ended my first year of college with a GPA below 2.0.  A change of scenery was needed so I joined the Army.  Knowing this second chance could be my last, I have followed the officer’s advice and often speculate how life would be had he not taken a bet on me.

My purpose in life is to mentor, provide that whisper in someone’s ear that changes their life.  I relish the opportunity to tell my extended story to kids, adults, convicts and anyone who will listen.  I have learned success principles, endless career paths and programs that will help people out of their situation.  When I cannot provide an answer I vigorously search for one. My dream is to be a professional mentor and motivator of the masses.   I went from being an arrest away from drug charges to the Ivy League and many things in between.  I do all this knowing the grace of an understanding officer, allowed me to write this letter today.

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