A NEW Jersey man who interrupted a street fight between two teenagers in a video that has drawn millions of views has been honoured by his City Council.
Ibn Ali Miller, 26, received widespread praise, including from NBA star Lebron James, after he defused a fistfight that erupted in the middle of the street in Atlantic City earlier this week and convinced the brawlers to shake hands and walk away.
The self-employed contractor, was honoured as a hero at an Atlanta City Council meeting on Wednesday (March 22) by the council’s president Marty Small.
He was joined at the council meeting by the two teenagers who were fighting on an Atlantic City street corner before he intervened.
Ibn said he stepped in to stop the violence “because it was the right thing to do.”
“Those kids didn’t look like predators to me. To me, I saw my own kids. I didn’t see predators,” the married father-of-six told TIME.
More than 28 million people have viewed the video since it was posted on Facebook on Monday.
Ibn said he was driving in his car after running errands when he spotted the crowd of teenagers on the street.
He said he immediately got out of his car to approach them without thinking he was walking into possible danger.
In the video he can be seen urging the youngsters not to bring shame to their hardworking parents and tells them he refuses to leave until they make peace.
NBA superstar LeBron James said the father’s actions were “so dope” in a tweet. He added: “Salute the homie who stepped in and spoke real to our young generation. We all need a word or 2 to help!”
“I’m a Muslim. I was raised by Muslim parents. That’s what we were taught in my house, always, growing up,” he said. “For me, I don’t look at it like I’m a peacemaker. I did what I was supposed to do, what I was raised to do,” Ibn added.