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Officer Captured Giving Homeless Man Shoes, Video Goes Viral

Too many media outlets look to slam police officers for their every move. Cops have a hard job, and sometimes they have a split second to make a decision that could mean life or death for someone. Critics look to slam police at every opportunity, and stories about corruption, bad choices or even tragic encounters will be harped on for weeks or months.

If everything police officers did made the news, however, people might be shocked at the many, many good things that officers across the nation do on a daily basis. Many officers even go well above what their job description requires them to do. One officer from Phoenix, Arizona helped a homeless man recently, and a person who was there to witness it wants to make sure that the positive story gets out.

Phoenix Police Officer Mark Valenzuela responded to a call about a homeless man on Friday. The homeless man was standing outside of a gas station, and apparently, something about the man was bothering people. When Valenzuela arrived, he saw what it was.

The homeless man didn't have shoes. If you've ever stood on the hot pavement in the summer in a southwestern state, you'll know exactly how dangerous it can be to run around bare-footed.

Valenzuela got noticed when he approached the homeless man, but instead of talking to him or telling him to move along, he dropped to his knees. Raymond Celaya, an onlooker, happened to be at the gas station that day and looked on curiously.

When Celaya noticed what Valenzuela was doing, he pulled out his phone and started recording. The officer was giving the homeless man a new pair of shoes. Not only was he giving it to the elderly homeless man, but the officer himself was putting the shoes on the man's feet.

"Officer here giving a homeless guy free shoes, brand new shoes," said Celaya. "That just shows exactly how much our officers in Phoenix helps the community and protects the community."

"This is a good side of the officers a lot of people don't see. That's why we're out here," said one man who got in the video.

After getting his new shoes, the officer helped the older man stand up and walk. The man's feet had been raw from walking barefoot, according to the onlookers, and the small gesture from the cop was such an amazing gift.

Police officers are always doing good deeds for the public that go unnoticed: bringing shoes or a coat to a homeless person on the street, buying a meal for a starving family down on their luck, giving rides to people who lack transportation or paying for a room on a cold night to house someone without a place to stay. That’s all in addition to their regular job of catching criminals, stopping crime and protecting us when we’re in danger. It’s always good to see cops be recognized for the positive contributions they make every day.

Source: ABC15, Mad World News
Photo: YouTube

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