A mother in Maryland attempted to steal some diapers from a local store, but it’s what a police officer did afterward that is making a splash across the Internet.
A rookie police officer was called to the scene of the theft where he actually purchased the diapers the woman attempted to steal.
This is what class looks like, folks.
TheBlaze is reporting, A police officer from the Laurel Police Department in Maryland bought diapers for the very mother who attempted to steal them just moments before, according to WTTG-TV.
Rookie Officer Bennett Johns was called to the scene of a theft Monday at the Giant store on Fairlawn Street. Johns arrived and confronted the woman, who told him she attempted to steal the $15 worth of diapers because she couldn’t afford them for her 2-year-old son.
Bennett was forced to write the woman a criminal citation for theft, but he so sympathized with the woman’s plight that he then turned around and bought the diapers the mother needed for her child.
“This mother was going out of her way and doing everything she can to provide for her kid and I can respect that,” Johns said. “I felt compelled to help the mother in purchasing the diapers for the kid.”
Johns went on to say that because he grew up with a single mom, he sympathized with the mother and wanted the child to have a better life.
According to Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin, this sort of thing is not an uncommon occurrence, as officers in his department have earned a reputation for generosity and giving back to the community.
This, folks, is what legitimate awesome police work looks like.
If only the mainstream media ran stories like this one more often, perhaps the lopsided view some people have of the police wouldn’t exist.
[This article was written by Steve Parker]