Policeman responds with kindness when needy mum shoplifts nappies

Policeman buying nappies

When a US policeman was called to a supermarket to deal with a mum who was stealing nappies, he felt compelled to do some good, in honour of his own mum.

"Why do cops get to go shopping on duty?" is but one of the many questions we get asked throughout the shift. Though we…

Posted by Laurel Police Department on Saturday, 22 July 2017

Trying to make ends meet

Laurel Police Department posted the story to their Facebook page, proving their officers often go above and beyond the call of duty.

“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. 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. It’s worth noting that the female was still issued a criminal citation for the theft.”

“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.”

Many commenters were quick to criticise the police for issuing the already-struggling woman a costly citation, but it’s worth pointing out that they were obligated to arrest her or issue a citation, due to the store’s complaint. They had no choice.

Relatable struggle

The policeman in question, Officer Bennett Johns, was raised by a single mum, and police department spokesman, Audrey Barnes, says the woman’s dire circumstances hit him right in the feels.

“Those childhood experiences made him empathize with this young mom and what she was going through. Just out of personal kindness, he decided to go ahead and buy them.”

“It speaks to the heart of what community policing is all about. The Laurel Police Department is performing acts of kindness every single day. Most of it goes unrecognized.”

The police department also provided the mum with details about gaining support from Social Services and connected her to a local organisation that provides grocery assistance.

“We want to make sure she doesn’t fall through the cracks,” Audrey told CNN.

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