Officer Sees The Item A Man Was Trying To Shoplift, Decides Not To Arrest Him
This officers act of kindness swept the Internet this week, proving that good deeds can come when you’re least expecting it.
Officer Justin Roby arrived at a shop in Kentucky after the store’s security reported a suspected shoplifter. For Roby, you’d expect it to be a simple decision to arrest someone when they have been caught shoplifting. They are breaking the law and his job is to enforce that law. Pretty straight forward stuff, although apparently not.
“As a police officer, it’s not black and white for us,” said Roby. “There’s a lot of gray. And you have to cipher through everything and you really need to figure out the whole story.”
This shoplifter wasn’t in it for material gains or extra cash. All he wanted was to feed his son, as Roby explained.
“I found out that the father had attempted to steal or shoplift a can of baby formula for his 6-month-old baby. Me citing him for court wouldn’t have done any good for him. He’s already short on money, can’t afford formula, so me making him appear in court, he’s still not going to have any food for that baby.”
Roby went one further than just letting the man off. He decided to buy the baby formula himself and then gave it to the single dad.
“You put yourself in the situations,” Roby said. “I think, ‘Well, what if me and my son, what if this was us?”
“I think when [a lot of people] look at us, they see just the uniform and just the car, just the tools that we have on our belt. But behind the uniform, I’m a human being and I’m a person out in this community just like any of them. I have a little boy. I’m a father just like that gentleman was. We’re not these robots, there’s a human behind the badge.”
It’s good to see a bit of common sense and compassion being applied. This officer may have just prevented a real life Les Misérables from unfolding