In a video going viral a police squad car can pulls into a Mobile, AL, gas station, where McPherson is standing among the pumps.
Two white officers jump out of the car, guns drawn, and demand that McPherson—clad in motorcycle gear—get on the ground. As he complies, Blackmon (who identifies herself as McPherson’s girlfriend) rushes in and attempts to deescalate the tense situation.
It’s then, kneeling on the ground with armed police shouting behind them, that McPherson reaches into his jacket pocket and produces a wedding ring, prompting shocked gasps and applause from the assembled onlookers who had presumably expected the worst.
Speaking with AL.com, McPherson—who is active in Mobile’s biker community—had arranged the proposal earlier that day with the two officers involved, and “they were all for it.”