Cop orders woman to pop her trunk not knowing she’s recording his every move
She was quick to reach for her camera.
Harper Gillis

When Chy-Niece Thacker was stopped by Officer Jenkins for a routine traffic check, she braced for a ticket.

But instead, Jenkins offered her a helping hand. “Don’t worry about pulling anything out,” he assured Thacker, who was already reaching for her license and registration. “I just want you to know that your brake lights are out.”

Thacker was puzzled.

She was on her way to a job interview and had just replaced her brake lights a month ago.

She shared with Jenkins that Firestone had quoted her a whopping $600 just to test her car’s wiring.


Jenkins, taken aback by the exorbitant quote, asked her to open her trunk.

With a simple tap here and a tap there, Jenkins tried to get the brake lights working again.

Thacker was moved by his kindness.

He could have easily issued a ticket, but he chose to ensure her safety instead.

“He is a blessing,” Thacker later expressed in a Facebook post that captured the hearts of many, garnering over 388,000 likes and 90,800 shares.


Thacker’s full Facebook post narrated the incident in detail:

“So this happened just now. I’m on my way to go to my interview this morning when I get pulled. Both brake lights decided to go out this time. As he walked to the car and I was pulling out my stuff, he quickly said, ‘Don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know that your brake lights are out.’ So I’m immediately upset because I just got them replaced like last month. So I explained to him how Firestone wants to charge me $600 just to run a test on the wiring of the car. He looked at me like [emoji] and told me to pop the trunk. He checked the lights in the trunk and tapped them, but they didn’t come on. So he told me to pop the hood to check the relay box then asked me to get out to check the other one. He could’ve easily given me a ticket, but Officer Jenkins stepped out of officer role and into mechanic role to make sure I was straight. #HesABlessing”


The Henrico County Police echoed Thacker’s sentiments, sharing her photos and expressing their gratitude for her heartfelt tribute.

“Thank you Chy-Niece Thacker for sharing this about one of our officers,” they posted on Facebook.

“We are so proud of our officers, especially when we see citizens share things like this. Above and beyond the call of duty, Officer Jenkins. Service to our community is what it’s all about.”

It’s heartwarming to witness officers like Jenkins who embody the true spirit of their oath to protect and serve.

His actions remind us of the profound impact a small act of kindness can have.

Stories like these are meant to be shared, to spread the word about the good deeds that often go unnoticed.

It’s a call to recognize those who go the extra mile, who do more than what’s expected of them.

Officer Jenkins didn’t just perform a duty; he performed a service.

He saw a person in need and responded with compassion.

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