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Teenager feeding Columbus Police 100 meals a night says ‘This is what feels right’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — A local teenager is feeding Columbus Police officers 100 hot meals every evening during the week of downtown protesting. He says he feels it’s the right thing to do amid the nationwide divisions between police and protesters.

Markel Davis, 17, is a rising senior at Upper Arlington High School and attends the Public Safety program through Columbus City Schools. He began buying groceries on Monday with his mother, Jessica, and grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, and bratwursts to deliver each evening along with buns, chips, and bottled water for officers.

Markel said Thursday he has dreamed of becoming a police officer since he was three-years-old. Describing himself as mixed race, Markel said as a young man of black descent, he can understand both sides of the protests: why Americans are marching against racism and why police are attempting to curtail riots and looting.

“I feel like there is something that needs to be done about what happened (to George Floyd). I believe that was wrong and we should be protesting,” Markel said. “But I don’t think that just because some police officers did something wrong, that every police officer is wrong.”