With nation-wide protests and a complete disbelief in the police, a chance encounter with a white Garland police officer left Kambia Hart, a black person, with a complete change of opinion.
Hart was on her way to pick her son on Tuesday, and was planning to take out a title loan when her car crashed into officer James Brezik’s squad car. “She told me she was having a bad day, and just wasn’t paying attention and didn’t see me,” Brezik said in a Garland Police Department video. “And then her husband showed up and basically he said the same thing ‘we’re having a bad day, lost our jobs, haven’t paid rent, we’ve got a lot on our mind.’”
The accident which happened at the corner of Roan Road and Bobtown Road totaled Hart’s car as well as the squad car. “I started panicking because I didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Hart. “I thought I was going to jail.”
Brezik calmly told her “accidents happen” and didn’t even write her a ticket, but Brezik, along with other Garland police officers, decided to help Hart in the most heartwarming way.
Brezik and Garland police on Thursday pooled together money to present Hart with a check to cover her July rent, a $450 gift card to Walmart to buy groceries as well as a couple of toys for her two baby children.
“I work with an amazing group of people here at the police department, you know, they really stepped up, it was a team effort,” Brezik said. “I think it was the babies, just seeing them, you know I’ve got three kids of my own. And times like this where people are getting laid off, and you know money’s tight, fortunately, we had enough to give back to the people of Garland.”
Brezik believes that it was a higher power at work that day and a grateful Hart is thankful for the act of kindness by the police officers.