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Mother Caught Shoplifting, Police Officer Steps In Once He Realizes What She Was Stealing

Although many on the left are convinced that police officers are evil racists, it could not be further from the truth. While there are undoubtedly some bad cops, most of them are fairly decent human beings. For example, when a mother was recently caught stealing diapers from a store, police officers decided to help her out by buying them for her.

According to reports, officers in Laurel, Maryland, were called to a local grocery store earlier this week after employees caught a mother of a 2-year-old boy stealing two packs of diapers worth about $15 in total. When they arrived, she told them that after buying some groceries, she ran out of money and couldn’t afford the diapers for her infant son, which was why she stole them. After hearing how desperate she was, one of the officers, Bennet Johns, decided to help her buy them.

On Facebook, the Laurel Police Department provided further details. “Officers responded for a shoplifting call at a grocery store and learned that a young mother, with her infant son, was caught by security attempting to steal two packs of diapers,” they explained.

“After she purchased some groceries she did not have enough money leftover to buy the diapers. Officer Johns considered the situation and then made the decision to purchase the diapers out of his own pocket so that the young child would not suffer,” continued the statement.

Although he helped her buy the diapers, he still had to write her a ticket for stealing. “Though it’s but a snapshot of some of the work your officers are doing daily, we still wanted to take a moment to thank Officer Johns for not just fairly enforcing the law, but also showing empathy to an innocent child put in a difficult situation,” they concluded.

While speaking to reporters about his random act of kindness, Johns mentioned that he respected the fact that the woman was willing to do whatever she can to take care of 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. I can sympathize with that as well so that is why I felt compelled to help the mother in purchasing the diapers for the kid,” reasoned Jones. “I see [the toddler] and I see myself growing up with a single mother and I want him to have a better life too,” he added.

Richard McLaughlin, the Laurel Police Chief, praised Johns for doing the right thing. “I’m very proud of my officers. All of my officers and particularly this one,” stated McLaughlin, noting, “I think it speaks volumes that they are doing the right thing for the right reason when nobody is watching.”

This is not the first time police officers showed a struggling mother some kindness. Sarah Robinson, a mother of six who was struggling to make ends meet, was caught stealing diapers and other necessities for her children at a Walmart in Kansas back in 2015.

Much like Johns, the responding officer, Mark Engravalle, wrote her a ticket. But after handing her the citation, he went inside the store and used his own money to buy her what she needed. “Obviously she is going through a tough time. Walmart might see her as a criminal, but I just saw her as a mom going through a really difficult time,” reasoned Engravalle at the time.

The officer’s kindness filled had a huge impact on Robinson. “There isn’t enough words in the world to thank him enough. Me and my girls are indebted to him forever,” she told reporters, adding, “it shows you that there are still good people in the world, and how great Kansas City is. I don’t have the words to thank people enough.”

People who hate the police need to be exposed to more stories about cops doing good deeds. Doing so will hopefully get them to see that cops aren’t as bad as they think they are.

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