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Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Dave!I hardly ever just plop down somebody else's stuff on my blog... but after I saw a photo on Facebook this morning, it has been all I can think about all day long.

So many times I find myself thinking that the job our police think they have is to "Harass and Humiliate" rather than "Serve and Protect" as their motto claims. Getting bullshit tickets... or seeing people in peaceful protest getting pepper-sprayed... or watching yet another "excessive force" dash-cam video on the news... it all contributes to this ongoing terrible image we form in our heads when the word "POLICE" is uttered.

But we know that's not true. Not for some police. Undoubtedly not for most police. I'm betting the vast majority of police officers truly want to help serve and protect the community they work in. They must, because it's a fairly thankless job. And yes, there are some rotten apples in the barrel, but that shouldn't define police officers as a whole.

Especially when wonderful things like this come to light...

Jennifer Foster of Florence, AZ was visiting Times Square with her husband Nov. 14 when they saw a shoeless man asking for change. She writes, “Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’ The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching*. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer’s name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared."
*image cropped from the distance at which it was taken

Police Kindness

I cannot adequately express what this story means to me.

Because moments like this mean everything to me.

This police officer and kind-hearted people like him are a gift to all humanity. And acts of compassion like this inspire others to open their own hearts and make this world a better place. This is how we survive as a species.

And we need it so badly right now.

So thank you, officer, for giving shoes to someone in need.

And by "shoes" I mean "hope" and by "someone" I mean "everyone."

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  1. Invader_Stu says:

    I spotted it this morning on your facebook. It’s an amazing story.

  2. Alan Labovitz says:

    I saw that on Facebook yesterday and shared it. I know several of my Facebook friends shared it with me. It struck me because of the stereotype that many people have about police officers and this was such a complete turnaround from that. Thanks for this post.

  3. B.E. Earl says:

    Great story. Especially given some of the other stories we’ve heard and read about concerning the NYPD and Times Square. Hope for everyone, indeed.

  4. the muskrat says:

    Glad you shared this!

  5. Art says:

    Thats a shoe rack in the background. I’m guessing he bought the boots there for the dude maybe?

  6. Megan says:

    This made me cry when I read it on Facebook, but I wanted to read it again. And it made me cry again.

    Police work is tough; you deal with people at their worst, good people in bad situations and bad people in even worse ones. There is blood and death and heartbreak. It sucks.

    I remember one of the things that made me fall in love with my husband was the fact that he used to buy football cards all them time and give them out to the kids in poor neighborhoods he patrolled.

    There are more good ones out there. Promise.

  7. sizzle says:

    What a great story. These kinds of moments make me remember that people are good. Thanks for sharing.

  8. kilax says:

    Wow. What a wonderful story. It made me tear up a bit!

    This is not the same, but we have had some vandalism in our neighborhood and the cop on the case has been so helpful. I was surprised, because in the past we have not had much luck. I am so grateful this cop listened to us, and came back and caught the vandal in the act!

  9. Poppy says:

    There are a lot of amazing, selfless people in NYC and many of them are first responders. It makes me so happy to live here where everyone thinks we’re rude and heartless. 🙂

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