A video has emerged of a fight between two teens that was broken up by a man passing by. It was posted to Facebook on Mar. 20 and has gone viral for the message the man conveyed as he broke up the fight.
As of Mar. 22, the footage has been shared more than 664,000 times and has generated more than 26 million views. The adult man, Ibn Ali Miller, 26, of Atlantic City stopped the fight and offered them a morality lesson.
“It’s sad to say, but it’s not the first fight I broke up and it’s probably not the last,” Miller said on Mar. 21. “You can’t pick that ‘today, I’m gonna stop some kids from fighting,’ but God does what he wills.”
The footage has garnered a lot of attention with NBA star LeBron James and rapper Snoop Dogg singling out Miller for his act.
Miller, a married father of five and student, was in the middle of running an errand for his mother in between classes and came across the fight that was taking place around the corner.
“That scene that went down, that happens a lot in Atlantic City, and these kids are too young,” he said.
In the video, Miller is seen approaching the teenage boys, stopping the fight after exclaiming:
“Everybody on their phones, y’all the real cowards. Record that, too,” Miller said to the crowd. “It ain’t cool, man. Y’all in the middle of the street.”
After speaking to the two boys, he has them shaking hands before walking away.
Despite the increased attention for his act, Miller on Mar. 21 said he wants the kids to be applauded for their willingness to change.
“It’s a great thing to have the youth listen like that,” Miller said. “That doesn’t always happen. Those young men impressed me.”
Council member Frank Gilliam, an acquaintance of Miller, said on Mar. 21 that the act was in lining with his character.
“It’s very fitting that he would be the one,” Gilliam said. “He’s always been a stand-up fellow who stands up for his community.”
The City Council of Atlantic City honored Miller and the boys, the Press of Atlantic City reports.
“I’m crying because, this whole situation, it deeply saddens me,” Miller said when he was honored by the Atlantic City council along with the boys, New York Post reports.
“It deeply saddens me, the fact that it’s unbelievable. This should be very believable, this should be a norm and this should be regular.”