Asheville pastor hopes his act of kindness for APD officers inspires others
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) - Among all the tension and outrage in the community lately, one man is hoping to bridge that divide.
Daiquan Nkere, a youth pastor at Biltmore Church West Asheville, is trying to spread a message of love by simply paying for the meals of two Asheville police officers.
“As I look through the scripture, through the Bible, I see Jesus Christ having an open hand to everyone,” Nkere said. “To the Pharisees, government officials, those who are poor, those who are rich. When I saw the police officers, I thought I could be like that at this moment.”
It happened at Chipotle on Patton Avenue. The two officers ordered their meals, and, when they reached the front of the line, the cashier told them their meal was paid for by Nkere.
“We tried to pay, and he wouldn’t let us,” Asheville police officer Matt Franks said. “He was very appreciative of us being police officers and what we do.”
“We both told him, 'You don’t have to do that,'” officer Robert Crume said. “But he insisted.”
“There are a lot of things we don’t have to do,” Nkere said. “So, I want to show my appreciation to you guys.”
The officers said they were caught off guard but were thankful for the act of kindness.
Afterwars, Nkere and the two ate their lunches together.
“[We] talked about his career and where he was from and things like that,” Franks said. “We got to know him a little better.”
“I got to learn that one of them is from Detroit, the other is an Asheville native,” Nkere said.
Nkere said he just wanted to thank the officers for serving the community.
“Two guys who are working hard, keeping us safe, serving our community, so I thought through the love of Christ I could serve them as well,” Nkere said.
Crume said it was nice to see that the community still supports most of the men and women from the police department.
“I’d like to be seen more as an individual as a part of a team,” Crume said. “Every so often, a member of a team may go astray, but, as a team, we’re cohesive and we enjoy working with one another and generally agree with each other’s practices.”
Nkere said he hopes his simple act of kindness will inspire others.