Instead of making an arrest, one Atlanta police officer decided to show some compassion after witnessing a girl trying to steal shoes.
The incident took place back in February. Officer Che Milton had been dispatched to a local Family Dollar store because it was holding a 12-year-old girl for shoplifting.
It didn’t take long before Officer Milton arrived at Family Dollar. It turns out the young girl had tried to steal a pair of shoes worth $2. When Officer Milton asked her why she decided to steal them, her answer touched him. She told the officer that her five-year-old sister needed the shoes, but she can’t afford to pay for them.
Speaking to the young girl, Officer Milton couldn’t help but grow curious about the girl. In fact, he wanted to know more about her so he decided to take her home. Soon as they arrived, Officer Milton realized that the young girl’s family was struggling to make ends meet.
Officer Milton decided to drive the girl home.
As it turns out, the girl Officer Milton gave a ride a home was the eldest of her siblings. The family has four children and the youngest was still a newborn. Their mother is not able to go to work at the moment because she didn’t have money to pay for daycare for her smaller children. At the moment, her husband has been working in and out of town to provide for the family. However, her husband is not able to earn much money.
At the same time, the family’s living conditions were also poor. For starters, there weren’t enough beds for all of the children. Moreover, the only furniture inside was just a sofa. There also wasn’t much food to eat at home.
Officer Milton also treated the family to a meal.
According to the City of Atlanta Police Department, Officer Milton became “sympathetic” to what the family was going through. Moreover, he “felt that he needed to do something.” This is why Officer Milton decided to call the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services for assistance. At the same time, Officer Milton thought of treating the family to a meal so he purchased four pizzas and two large beverages. The officer delivered the food to the family himself.
Today, the department continues to accept donations for the family that Officer Milton helped out. According to the City of Atlanta Police Department, donations can be dropped off at the Zone 1 precinct located at 2315 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 from 8 AM to 6 PM.
As for Officer Milton, the department praises his decision to help the family. “The way that Officer Milton handled this incident showed that not only is he here to enforce the law but also to go the extra mile and be a bigger part of the community he is policing,” the department said in a statement.
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