Tuesday, February 10, 2015

An Officer Decides Not To Arrest Shoplifter Who Stole One Item

An Officer Decides Not To Arrest Shoplifter Who Stole One Item

With all these anti-police movements its hard to realize that the police officers are just normal people.
Police officers are often put in positions where they have to choose between following the law or seeing the humanitarian side of the story.

Recently, in a Kentucky grocery store, an officer decided not to arrest someone shoplifting. The reason being was the item that was trying to be stolen.

Officer Justin Roby was called to the scene only to see that the thief needed to be helped, not arrested.

“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.”
Roby soon saw that the man who was trying to steal from the store was having financial problems and was just trying to provide for his son. Roby and the store to decided not to press charges against him.

“I found out that the father had attempted to steal or shoplift a can of baby formula for his 6-month-old baby,” Roby explained.

“Me citing him for court wouldn’t have done any good for him,” Roby said. “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.”

Rather than arrest the man, Roby decided to help him instead by buying the baby formula himself.
“You put yourself in the situations,” Roby said. “I think, ‘Well, what if me and my son, what if this was us?”

Roby offered more information to the man about different organizations that may be able to offer more help, including his own police department.

“I think when (some people) look at us, they see just the uniform and just the car, just the tools that we have on our belt,” said Roby. “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,” Roby said. “There’s a human behind the badge.”

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