Atlantic City Fight

Ibn Ali Miller, center, 26, of Atlantic City, stopped a fight on McKinley Avenue while out running errands for his mother.

ATLANTIC CITY — After a video of a fight between two teens was published to Facebook on Monday, it went viral — but not for the violence.

The video that's been shared more than 664,000 times and has more than 26 million views as of Wednesday morning shows a man, Ibn Ali Miller, 26, of Atlantic City, trying to teach the boys what's right while intervening in the fight.

"It's sad to say, but it's not the first fight I broke up and it's probably not the last," Miller said Tuesday night. "You can't pick that 'today, I'm gonna stop some kids from fighting', but God does what he wills."

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The video gained nationwide attention, including social media posts from NBA star LeBron James and rapper Snoop Dogg, praising Miller for his actions. And City Council plans to honor Miller during its meeting Wednesday night.

Miller, a student, husband and father of five, said he was running an errand for his mother while on a break from an afternoon class and saw the fight going on 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, teens are seen fighting in the middle of McKinley Avenue before Miller breaks them up.

"Everybody on their phones, y'all the real cowards. Record that, too," Miller says in the video before lecturing the two teens. "It ain't cool, man. Y'all in the middle of the street."

After several minutes, he encourages the two boys to shake hands and they walk away.

Miller said Tuesday that even though he's getting recognition for his actions, he wants the focus to be on the kids.

"It's a great thing to have the youth listen like that," Miller said. "That doesn't always happen. Those young men impressed me."

Councilman Frank Gilliam said Tuesday he knew Miller and it was completely in keeping 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.”

Gilliam said Miller could have been putting himself in danger, too. He referenced former Atlantic City man Ernest Tyrrell Bing, 40, of Alpharetta, Georgia, who was shot and killed Friday night at a Clarkston, Georgia, gas station when he tried to intervene in a fight.

“It’s putting a life on the line,” Gilliam said.

Miller even had this demeanor as a kindergartner, said Merle Hurst-Kyle, 65, of Atlantic City, who taught him when he was 5 years old at Chelsea Heights Elementary School.

“He was like that when he was 5,” she said. “He got along so well with everyone, he was a peacemaker.”

The now-retired kindergarten teacher of 35 years said she remembers almost all of her kids she has taught, and she’s even kept in touch with Miller as the years have passed.

She said she hopes Miller continues to work with kids, because otherwise “that’s a loss.”

Mayor Don Guardian also released a statement praising Miller's actions.

"A dozen positive lessons could be taught from that four minute video alone," he said. "He fearlessly spoke so much truth to those young kids. We need more adults in the world that are willing to step in to help pull back our youth from the edge."

Council President Marty Small said council would recognize Miller for his actions with a resolution during its meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"So many days on the internet you see fights that go viral. For it to get 20.6 million views in 24 hours, it's amazing," he said. "It sheds a positive light on Atlantic City, and lord knows we need all the positivity we can get."

Miller said he wasn't aware of the traction the video received until friends called him and his wife to let them know.

"To me the fact that LeBron and others have seen it... it's cool, I'd be more excited when I was a younger man," Miller said. "But I want people to take away from it to pay it forward. That's it."

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