A police story with no shooting

Plano-Texas-Police-badgesJust a random act of kindness by a Plano, TX patrolman who doesn’t want to be publicly named.

He told the officer he had no excuse for the expired sticker.

“I said ‘there’s no explanation for why I haven’t done it, except I don’t have the money.’ I said ‘it was either feed my kids or get my registration done.”

The officer wrote a citation and handed it to the 25-year-old. Carlo says when he took it, he could not believe what he saw.

“I opened it up and there’s a 100 dollar bill. I broke down in my car what else could I do.”

The officer never told anyone about the $100 gift. But Carlo’s grandfather, Billy McIntire, was so moved by the kind gesture he wrote a letter to the department

via Plano Police Officer Wraps $100 Bill In Traffic Ticket « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth.

Let’s take a challenge from Officer Anonymous in the Lone Star State. Let’s all try to do a random act of kindness for a stranger we encounter this coming week — anonymously. Giving a million to a university to get your name on a building is hardly the same thing as this cop giving $100 to a guy who needed a break.

By the way, Mr Carlo used the money to, among other things, get the registration on his and his wife’s cars current and pay the ticket. So really, there’s two decent guys in the story, at least, eh?

We thought we’d throw this out at you, because we so often post about police screwups, accidents, bad shootings, misconduct, that some people might get the impression we’re spring-loaded in the anti-cop position. Nope. We do hold cops to a very high standard, and are quick to jeer at the ones that fall short. But think about how long your town or city would hold it together without the quiet presence of lawful authority, and think about — and wonder about — how many small kindnesses are being done daily by our nation’s and the world’s police, the humans that stand behind the badges, under the radar and without media visibility.

One final thought: many in the public, and certainly everyone at CBS Fort Worth, was surprised at this story. Know who wasn’t? Officer Anonymous’s peers and bosses at the Plano PD. They know that’s the kind of guy he is. Don’t you want to be known as that kind of guy (or girl?)

3 thoughts on “A police story with no shooting

  1. R & R

    I’ll try and condense the story a bit. I’ve done things like this, but one of the more memorable ones was one where my younger partners at the time was very moved. I was working in south central Los Angeles one December, when my partner and I received a radio call of a burglary. When we arrived were greeted by the crying victim who invited us in. She was a very kind young black woman in here mid 20’s, dressed in nursing tucks (she was going through nursing school), with a 1 year old son crawling around on the floor. Junior had a loaded set of draws, and there was no food in the fridge. Like most homes in that part of the city, it was a filthy mess. It turns out her mother had passed away recently and left her the house. Her sister, a drug addict, had broken into the house and stolen food, the mortgage cash and left her a note letting her know that she needed the money. Anyway, after taking a report and giving the woman quite a list of numbers and helpful resources to assist her, I told her to wait here, and we would be back. I took my partner to the grocery store and we picked up two carriages full of food, diapers and other household necessities. When the bill came it was 285.00. My partner thought I was crazy, yet told me that as evil as I am with the gangsters, that God will probably let me pass, due to things like this. A couple years later, my same partner called me and told me that he had a vandalism call at the same woman’s home. He asked her if she remembered him, which she said no. He said, you probably remember my red-headed partner bought you and your son some food and items a couple years back, at which point he said she broke down in tears and thanked him again for our kindness. He said the home was very neat and she had taken some of the security precautions we recommended. Kuddos to that Officer in Texas….

    1. Hognose Post author

      Thanks. What a lot of people (especially well-off, suburban or rural white or asian people, who are the predominant readers of this blog) don’t get about scary, poor, inner-city neighborhoods, is that an awful lot of just plain decent, but poor, people live there. These people often have rough circumstances, dodgy neighbors and relatives, and are disadvantaged in IQ, education, and — especially — good, positive role models.
      It’s an irony that one of the best ways to be good to those people is to be evil to those gangsters, but that will not net you much thanks, because their victims are their girlfriends, sisters, mothers, nieces. Just the way it is. The sheep will never love the sheepdog. (We take Dave Grossman with a large grain of salt around here, but his wolf/sheep/sheepdog analogy was utterly brilliant).

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