Metro man showing appreciation for KCK officer killed in the line of duty through art

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A local man is expressing his appreciation for Captain Dave Melton through his passion -- art. Dion Woods is using his talent to spread his message around town.

“I did it because there`s a lot going on in this world, I just want to show my appreciation for him, and his family, and let them know there are people out here who do care about one another,” said Woods.

Woods was at his grandma`s house Tuesday watching the news when he saw that Melton was shot and killed.

“I sat down, and I`m like, man how can I contribute, show my love toward his family,” added Woods.

He says art has always been his passion.

“Let me go out to my car, and do some artwork, to express my love and appreciation for the work he did for our community,” Woods said.

So Woods downloaded Melton’s picture -- which is now the background of his phone -- and started painting him on the back of his car.

“That`s my canvas, I can`t afford a real canvas right now, but I use my car as a canvas,” Woods added.

Woods says he always remembers a face. When he saw Melton on TV -- he recognized him, but it took a little while to figure out who he was. Then he remembered they crossed paths years ago.

“I was driving my car and everything, and he had pulled me over, he gave me a warning, I went down the wrong way street, so he pulled me over and I recognized his face,” said Woods. “I`m like man, I knew him, it might have been a long time ago, but I came across that man`s path, and to know that he did something for me, I could have gotten a ticket and what not, but he gave me a warning.”

But not all feedback has been great. Woods says a friend of his was mad at him because he painted Melton’s image on his window, given everything that`s going on around the country. But Woods says it shouldn`t be an issue.

“It`s about peace, it`s not about race, if it is, it shouldn`t be,” Woods added. “They are still human, they are human beings.”

Woods says his car is getting attention -- and support -- from police officers and the public everywhere he goes. He says he`ll leave the painting on his car until it wears off.