Headlines similar to this one have become far too common in today’s world. Police abuse, police brutality – sometimes it seems like we can’t turn on the news anymore without hearing about some form of awful police misconduct going on somewhere across the country.
Thankfully this story is about nothing of the sort. In fact, it’s the complete opposite.
This is a story about a Rosenberg, Texas police officer who saw a young boy playing with a football alone in an apartment parking lot, and decided to take two minutes out of his day to possibly make a huge difference in one boy’s life.
In a world of cynicism, paranoia and distrust of so many things around us, I felt compelled to write about this heartwarming story where goodness within those who serve in law enforcement was shown.
It’s always easy to report on the bad that goes on as it pertains to the numerous abuses law enforcement officers have been caught committing, but I think it’s important to remember that most of those brave men and women who put on the uniform aren’t abusive criminals. They’re people who’ve decided to dedicate their lives to making a career out of protecting our local communities.
What this officer did is what more law enforcement officials need to do (and many have been doing) – engage with their community. Trust in law enforcement isn’t on the rise, it’s on the decline. Too many people feel that cops are there to punish citizens, not protect them. And while I know many police departments are stretched thin due to budget constraints (keep cutting those funds, conservatives) it’s little things like a two-minute session of catch that might make all the difference in the world.
Now, am I saying that this gesture will change this boy’s life forever? No. But then who’s to say? Maybe a time will come in his life when he doubts the goodness of law enforcement but reflects back on this gesture by a Rosenberg police officer as a reminder that not all cops are bad.
Who knows what, if any, impact something like this might have on the life of the boy. Often it’s the simple, small gestures that happen in our lives which have a profound impact that we never really knew was there.
But one thing’s for certain: more positive community engagement between police officers and the communities they serve can only help, not hurt, the trust between those in uniform and the citizens they protect.
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