Police have been under a lot of scrutiny lately, especially in America. This fella proves that they’re not all bad, and sometimes, common sense can prevail.
Justin Roby, a detective in Kentucky, attendeded a call to a supermarket for shoplifting. However, instead of chucking the culprit in handcuffs and marching him down to the station, he let him go, after paying for the baby formula that he was stealing.
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.
As a police officer, it’s not black and white for us. There’s a lot of grey. And you have to cipher through everything and you really need to figure out the whole story.
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.
Some people might see it as ‘the law is the law’, so the guy should be punished, which is right to an extent. But sometimes, common sense can be greatly overlooked, and acts of kindness can be few and far between.
Good on him.