It was May 27th, two days after George Floyd's death. "'Hey sir, I wanted to call and let you know I am an inspector, just in case a citizen calls and says some strange Black man is walking around," said Calvin Mathews, a state health inspector for the Minnesota Department of Health. "I'm sorry you even feel the need to tell me this," said Sgt. Justin Pletcher, the officer on the other line. The two men met in the small city of Hilltop after Mathews requested that the officer come and check his credentials as a preemptive measure for the possibility that someone might call the cops on him. The two spent an hour walking around the neighborhood, and a special friendship was born. "We like to travel and we both love [musical artist] Prince," Pletcher explained. "[We] both have biracial children."

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