In 2005 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Officer Andrew Collins framed Jameel McGee for selling drugs. McGee was minding his own business when the officer accused him of and arrested him for dealing drugs because the officer wanted make an arrest.
Andrew Collins later admitted he “falsified the report” and McGee was freed, after serving four years in prison. Collins ended up serving an year-and-a-half in prison for falsifying police reports, planting drugs and stealing.
“I lost everything,” McGeee said. “My only goal was to seek him when I got home and to hurt him.”
As fate would have it, they both ended up at a faith-based employment agency and ended up working side by side in the same café.
They had it out.
“I said, ‘Honestly, I have no explanation, all I can do is say I’m sorry,'” Collins explained.
McGee says that was all it took.”That was pretty much what I needed to hear.”
Today they are close friends and not long ago McGee actually told Collins he loved him.
“And I just started weeping because he doesn’t owe me that. I don’t deserve that,” Collins said.
But he didn’t forgive just for his sake, even for Collins’. “For our sake,” McGee said. “Not just us, but for our sake.”
McGee went on to CBS News about his Christian faith, and his hope for a kinder mankind. He wants to be an example. The two give speeches on forgiveness and redemption.
What a lesson for all of us.