The media love to create — uh… I mean cover — stories about police officers. Well, kind of. They love to cover stories of police officers if it fits their narrative. If something happens involving a white cop doing something bad to a black person (regardless of what the black person is doing), then it’s news. Based on that “journalistic standard,” you may have missed the following stories:
Check out Officer William Stacy who found Helen Johnson stealing five eggs to feed her family. According to the report in the Daily Mail, Officer Stacy didn’t arrest the Alabama woman, but rather, bought a carton of eggs for her plus a whole lot more.
Instead of arresting her for stealing five eggs to feed her starving family on Saturday, Stacy bought the carton and the touching hug they shared afterwards caught on video by a stunned passer-by went viral.
But it got even better on Wednesday when Officer Stacy and some colleagues arrived at 47-year-old Johnson’s home with two truckloads of food to keep her and her children and grandchildren fed through Christmas.
“The last time I saw my house this full, I was 12-years-old and staying with my grandmother,” said Johnson to Al.Com. “I’ve been crying all day.”
The reaction to the viral hug was so immense that Tarrant Police Chief Dennie Reno said that he had to bring in a second police dispatch officer just to field the calls of donations for Johnson coming in from the around the country.
Here’s a video report:
But that’s not the only story. The Daily Mail also has a report on Desoto, TX Police Officer John Holder who helped an elderly woman shop for Thanksgiving dinner.
Holder told reporters that he met Dorothy Shepard after visiting her home for a wellness check after she’d had neck and back surgeries and then offered her his cell number should she ever need any more help.
Shepard said she was floored by Holder’s kindness.
“I was so surprised that I started rambling,” she told WFAA-8.
“He listened and he was patient.”
Ever since the day they met the two have become friends and when Holder is not working he drives Shepard in his squad car to doctors’ appointments and helps her out in any way he can.
USA Today has a story on multiple police officers who helped an 87-year-old woman see her son in the hospital. As you read this account, try to picture what the first police officer must be thinking!
Helen “Skeeter” Smith of Panaca, Nev., was rushing to see her ill son on I-15 in central Utah when she was pulled over for driving passed a stopped police car on the side of the highway with its lights on, according to Jones, who pulled her over.
Utah has a “slow down and move over” law that requires drivers to move away from stopped police cars to prevent accidents.
After being issued a verbal warning by Jones, Smith tried to pull back onto the highway, but accidentally put the car in reverse and rammed the front of Jones’ cop car.
So… Trooper Jones pulls Smith over, gives her a warning, and then she smashes into the front of his car. What a day! Jones didn’t want the 87-year-old to make the long trip by herself, so he arranged a “shuttle system” to get her to see her son.
He drove her the first leg of the trip and then handed her off to another trooper, a system that continued until she arrived at Ogden Regional Medical Center in Ogden, Utah.
She made it to the hospital in time to see her son.
“Four good-lookin’ patrol boys brought me,” Smith told KUTV about the experience.
It’s unfortunate that you have to dig around a British news source and local media to find stories like this. These are the kinds of actions that occur day in and day out, and yet, they are rarely ever reported.
They don’t involve manufactured racial tension; they don’t involve distorting the facts; and they don’t involve a media bias that always ignores what the perpetrator was doing! No, these stories won’t get national attention, but they deserve it.