A Black female, Vickie Williams-Tillman, from Baton Rouge risked her safety to protect a local police officer from an attack Sunday morning.
On her way to Walmart, a common Louisiana Black female, Vickie Williams-Tillman saw 28 year-old Thomas Bennett hitting an officer with his baton. “I could see in his eyes he needed help,” Williams-Tillman claimed. “You don’t have time to think about it … I did what God needed me to do.”
Tillman was not the only one to see what was happening but she turned out to be the only one to react. She jumped on Bennett’s back to try and hold him off after calling the police.
According to Baton Rouge police spokesperson, Sgt. L’Jean McKneely, but for Williams-Tillman the incident could have ended in a really bad way.
This case might be unique but it still is very illustrative as it shows the difference between the Black and white ways of thinking. Choosing to act the Black female didn’t hesitate a second considering victims race or profession or analysing the long story of complicated relations between Black people and police. She just did what a decent citizen should do.