Are police officers really that nice or is that guy who helped a homeless person

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  1. James-wolve profile image73
    James-wolveposted 11 years ago

    Are police officers really that nice or is that guy who helped a homeless person an exception?

    We live in a society in which by you are judged by what you have and not by who you are. We usually look down on poor people and disregard the homeless. I'm usually only used to cops who ticket you and are never really nice. But what this guy did was truly amazing and really surprised me and a lot of other people I think.
    Some of you may have already heard this story,but for those who don t know it yet.Below,a photo of a NYPD Officer kneeling down and giving a homeless man a pair of boots has gone viral. The boots were bought with his own money!

  2. cat on a soapbox profile image92
    cat on a soapboxposted 11 years ago

    There are compassionate police officers with a genuine desire to help those in our communities just as there are those who are in law enforcement only for money and power.  Unfortunately, we rarely hear of the good, only the bad.

    1. James-wolve profile image73
      James-wolveposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I heard that feeding the homeless has been banned in major cities all over America.police officer is supposed not to take care of him,but he challenged the law.He is very brave.It s really very sad t see country is being taken over by control freaks.

    2. cat on a soapbox profile image92
      cat on a soapboxposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      It started in Philadelphia. There are now  some city ordinances against feeding large groups of homeless
      in public areas rather than shelters, but a group can be 5 people. Churches which often provide the meals, are fighting against these new rules.

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    Lady_Eposted 11 years ago

    Some are nice. Some are not. The best way I can describe it is that some people have nice, kind hearts and it shines through - so much so, they go the extra mile in their call of duty and it's a pleasure to them. It just shines through in their professional life. You will see similar attitudes with Teachers, Doctors, Taxi Drivers, Managers and other career minded people. They see people as people (hope that makes sense lol) Never looking down on anyone. He happens to be one of those people.....come to think of it.... that's how the world should be.

    1. James-wolve profile image73
      James-wolveposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      There is an Arab proverb says:people are like metals.We know metals differ from each other. Some of them are precious and others worthless. Similar is the case of the people’s conduct and actions.

  4. tussin profile image55
    tussinposted 11 years ago

    It could be a man dressed in a police uniform.  Maybe he was coming home from working a bachelorette party.

    1. James-wolve profile image73
      James-wolveposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I don t think so.He did it from the bottom of his heart.He is a compassionate man.

  5. Express10 profile image82
    Express10posted 11 years ago

    He was very compassionate. Unfortunately, this appears to be a great exception rather than the rule. What number of us, police or not, would spend $100 of our own money to buy a homeless, shoeless person shoes?

    1. James-wolve profile image73
      James-wolveposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah,I agree with you.He is a very good man.

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    matama ellieposted 11 years ago

    I find it interesting that people would question an act of kindness from a police officer.Have we as people come to such a point? Is there so much cruelty in the world that we have forgotten totally how to be human?

    What the police officer did is admirable.I choose to believe that he did it of his own free will simply because he is a good man.I choose to look at the world as half full for the first time in a long time.

    If we simply choose to ignore that there is some good or even great everyday people in this world, the world would not be worth living in, would it?

    I for one am glad to see a police officer who is doing a good thing because where i come from, there are plenty doing a lot of bad things and only a few good men and women in the forces left (that is how i see it anyway).

  7. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 11 years ago

    i know a lot of cops who would do the same. i don't find the story amazing, i find it to be a good example for all the cops out there that do what they do because they care.

    1. James-wolve profile image73
      James-wolveposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      The amazing thing is they dont do what they are supposed to .

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    Justsilvieposted 11 years ago

    I think in general most police officer take the job to protect and serve and do it well. As for this particular act, I think it goes above and beyond, because homeless people are a common sight for officers and I am sure they see people without shoes or warm clothing on a regular basis and in most cases would point them to a shelter or a charitable organization that gives out clothing.

    1. James-wolve profile image73
      James-wolveposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      In most cases,police officers point homeless to Charitable organization as you said,but this guy has underneath a good heart.That s makes this story amazing and worth telling.

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      Justsilvieposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I agree!

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    JThomp42posted 11 years ago

    There is good and bad in all professions, and every walk of life. Just think how many other people who walked by this poor man and just kept going? Did the shoe store employees call the police because this poor man was sitting in front of their store? Whatever the reason, this fine gentleman was put into this homeless mans life for a reason that evening. That reason was to show the world there is still compassion and hope in a world with so little.

    1. James-wolve profile image73
      James-wolveposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thumb up JThomp42.I agree with you.

    2. profile image0
      JThomp42posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you James!

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      Justsilvieposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hillman the homeless man expressed gratitude for DePrimo's generosity, but is frustrated that the photo was shared so widely without his permission. "What do I get?" he asked. "This went around the world, and I want a piece of the pie."

    4. James-wolve profile image73
      James-wolveposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      He is right.What does he get?Nothing but what does  NYPD get?Good reputation.

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    Old Empresarioposted 11 years ago

    Cops aren't bad people. Most of them are just bored, overworked, underpaid, and/or pressured by the city to spend all of their free time catching speeders. Crime is down, so they're on the chopping block for cutbacks. In more affluent neighborhoods in Texas cities, HOA leaders or crime watch organizers call the cops anytime a stray cat crosses their yard or they see a kid in the neighborhood they don't recognize. Cops get annoyed at this after a while, but they can't do anything about it. On more than one occasion, I've had an embarrassed cop come to my door because a neighbor tattled on me for some silly reason like I left my car window down (inciting crime). I just go and pull the car inside or raise the window and he says "I just wanted to let you know". Typically if a cop is being a pain in the ass, there is a private citizen or city official behind it. But this photo is typical of the media microscope. It's one photo out of millions of cops in the country. It represents nothing.

  11. lburmaster profile image73
    lburmasterposted 11 years ago

    From personal experience, he is an extremely kind police officer. Most are not as friendly.

  12. janshares profile image92
    jansharesposted 11 years ago

    It actually bothered me that people were so taken aback by the image of this cop doing something helpful for a citizen in need. I know from first-hand experience working with cops in Washington, DC, that cops do this kind of thing out-of-pocket a lot more than you know. There just aren't any cameras around. More importanly, they don't talk about, nor do they want accolades for it.

    I think that what made this go viral and why we're talking about goes way beyond the image itself. It's about the negative stereotypes that we have about cops and homeless people. Is it so impossible to believe that most cops are compassionate people with capacities to give without it being duty-related? And is it so difficult to embrace that a homeless person could illicit kindness from an unlikely giver?

    I wish we would stop gaulking at the picture and start examining the stereotypes that may be coloring our perceptions of everyday acts of kindness.

    1. James-wolve profile image73
      James-wolveposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I think it s greater than stereotypes.It s the wars we got in,the void values movies we watch,the damages we caused in the world make us adjusted to horror,suffering people s scenes,so that we become cold so when we saw act of kindness we got stunned

    2. janshares profile image92
      jansharesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, so true James-wolve.


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