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Raleigh police officer reunites with man he once arrested

Posted September 16, 2015
Updated September 17, 2015

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— In October 2014, a man and a Raleigh police officer tangled in a violent altercation. Cory Sanders was arrested after he nearly stabbed Officer JD Boyd.

“He took a swing with his right hand; I ducked, put my hand up and ducked,” Boyd said. “His hand with the knife glanced right off the top of my head—I drew my weapon.”

Boyd said Sanders eventually surrendered after a tense standoff.

Last week, Sanders and Boyd met again, but this time it was a different conversation.

“That was the first time I’d seen Cory [Sanders] since he was taken into custody last year,” Boyd said.

Boyd said he approached Sanders, and had a friendly 20 minute conversation.

“He was like, ‘I really appreciate him that day. I’m really grateful because it could have been worse. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Officer Boyd,’” said Sanders’ girlfriend, Kendra Powell.

Sanders, 26, apologized and said that moment changed his life. He now has a job, a baby on the way and vowed to live the right way.

Boyd posted the random encounter on Facebook and said he’s forgiven Sanders for the altercation.

“I am ecstatic now to learn that he has turned his life around and we can now embrace as friends,” Boyd said in a Facebook post.

The Facebook post has gone viral with more than 80,000 shares and hundreds of comments.

Boyd said he hopes the story will send a message that police officers are not the bad guys.

“It’s a little overwhelming, that’s probably the best way to describe it,” Boyd said. “But it’s awesome. It’s great for the department; it’s great for community police relations nationwide.”

Sanders’ father, Roosevelt Pulley, said his son changed since the incident and is thankful that it occurred, even though Sanders was placed in jail.

“He’s just a different person,” Pulley said. “Whatever it was, it changed him.”


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  • K Hope Capps Sep 17, 2015
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    Extenuating circumstances, obvious good behavior, officer discretion.
    Not a bad question, though.

  • Jorge Valencia Sep 17, 2015
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    H Lee, this man may have just had this one altercation on his criminal record, first offense maybe....?
    But this is one case where the law actually worked as it should, this man has changed what may have cost him his life and I for one am happy for him, the LEO was very generous in not taking his weapon and killing the man, thank goodness for both of them...
    Good luck Cory and well done.

  • Hubert Lee Dawson Sep 17, 2015
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    Its agreat ending worked out for everybody but I would like to know how did he assaulted a police officer with a deadly weapon and now he's out of jail less than 12 months later?

  • King Mopar Sep 17, 2015
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    I am glad this man got his life turned around, and he is very lucky he had a chance to do so, pulling a weapon on an officer is NEVER a good idea and odds are, you'll be put in the ground.