by Ashepherd on October 28, 2016 - 1:02pm
Recently most news stories are about all the bad in the world. A lot of the negative attention is going towards police officers. I would like to bring some of the positive things police officers do; they aren’t all like the ones that have been in the news.
In December, 2012 a New York City police officer came across a homeless man in Manhattan. The man was disheveled and had no shoes. With the cold weather the officer did what most of us would never consider doing; he bought him a pair of all-weather boots. A woman managed to get a picture of Officer Lawrence DePrimo helping the homeless man, Jeffrey Hillman, put on his socks and boots. A former classmate of Hillman said, “He’d give the shirt off his back for friends, so now, let’s put the shirt back on him." The article further discusses the things people are trying to do to help Hillman get back on his feet. This article is very heartwarming to read. Especially with all the bad news that is currently out there. It’s nice to see that there are still good people out there. Officers are there to help us, but more recently it seems they’re not. We have been seeing a lot of stories about officers shooting unarmed people. This story shows that not all cops are bad, they just want to help.
There is a story like this in Florida, a police officer was responding to a noise complaint. Upon arriving he found a group of kids playing street basketball. He then joined the kids in their game. According to Officer Ben Tobias this was something not out of the ordinary for Officer White. HE had previously asked to use funds to buy footballs and basketballs to give to kids. Officer White later returned with NBA star Shaquille O’Neal for a rematch with the kids.
Rather than break up the kids’ game and send them all home Officer White let them stay, while many others would have sent them home. Seeing an officer that is happy to play with and help the kids is a nice change of pace. He is promoting exercise and fun. There are many bad choices those kids could have made instead of playing basketball. Showing them having fun without any drugs or alcohol is something more kids need. By playing with them he is showing them that not all Officers are bad, which is something that we need to see more of. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/12/nypd_officers_good_deed_sheds.html