LAUREL, MD. —
A police officer bought a struggling mother diapers after she was caught stealing them.
The woman paid for groceries but did not have enough money, about $15, for two packs of diapers she tried to shoplift, Laurel Police said.
Officer Bennett Johns did not arrest the woman, instead he made the purchase, so that her infant son did not have to suffer.
“This mother was going out of her way and doing everything she can to provide for her kid and I can respect that,” Johns told WTTG. “I can sympathize with that as well so that is why I felt compelled to help the mother in purchasing the diapers for the kid.”
Johns did write her a citation for shoplifting.
The city is helping the woman, who has not been identified, find social and advocacy services.
Laurel Police Department Posted a video with this description:
“Why do cops get to go shopping on duty?” is but one of the many questions we get asked throughout the shift. Though we often joke that our field trainees are still in diapers, it turns out that rookie Officer Johns was not buying these for himself.
Officers responded for a shoplifting call at a grocery store and learned that a young mother, with her infant son, was caught by security attempting to steal two packs of diapers. After she purchased some groceries she did not have enough money leftover to buy the diapers. Officer Johns considered the situation and then made the decision to purchase the diapers out of his own pocket so that the young child would not suffer. It’s worth noting that the female was still issued a criminal citation for the theft.
Though it’s but a snapshot of some of the work your officers are doing daily, we still wanted to take a moment to thank Officer Johns for not just fairly enforcing the law, but also showing empathy to an innocent child put in a difficult situation.
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