Father of man who allegedly threw rock at patrol vehicle writes heartfelt letter
Coatesville, Pa. (WTXF) The father of a man who allegedly threw a rock at a Coatesville patrol vehicle in July wrote a letter to the police department in which he expressed his sincere apology and commended the officer for his actions.
The incident happened when Officer Jared Davis was on patrol as a male walked off the sidewalk from in front of the library and threw an object, according to police.
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Dashcam footage shows the man hitting the vehicle shattering front windshield. Police say Davis was attempting to exit his patrol vehicle when the male allegedly attacked, attempting to strike him in the head with the same rock. Police identified the man as Eric Watson Jr.
Watson's mother drove from North Carolina and his father flew from Jamaica--simply to say sorry.
With permission from the family, the department posted the father's heartfelt letter to Facebook. In the letter, the man’s father wrote that he apologized for his son’s alleged actions. In addition, he said that he admired the action taken by officer Jared Davis by displaying professionalism beyond the norm.
The City of Coatesville Police Department wrote that they hope that all involved parties see this as an opportunity to move forward in a positive direction.
It turns out, Watson's family with a long history of military and law enforcement hadn't seen him in years until they saw news clips of him last week.
Read the full letter in the post above.