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When Police Get Complaint About Homeless Man, They Show Up With Just What He Needs

Police are often treated as though they're the criminals, and they go out every day just looking for an excuse to arrest people or shoot them. This couldn't be further from the truth; police actually prefer it when people are not doing anything wrong, and they can be there to just help others through rough spots in their day. With all the negative stories in the media, it's easy to forget just how many good deeds police officers do every day.

One recent example of police doing good comes from Phoenix, Arizona. A homeless man was huddled up on the sidewalk near a gas station. Some people called to complain about the man, and police were obligated to show up and tell the man that he needed to move along.

Raymond Celaya was at the gas station when he saw police approach the homeless gentleman. What he saw unfold warmed his heart, and he felt compelled to film the incident. He was very happy to later share the exchange between the police and the homeless man.

Officer Mark Valenzuela of the Phoenix Police Department approached the homeless man and asked him why he was loitering, and if anything was wrong. As it turns out, the man was just looking for a place to get warm and rest his painful feet.

The unnamed man showed the police that he was barefoot. Something had happened to his shoes and he had been walking around without shoes or socks for a while. His feet were raw and he said it was too painful for him to take another step.

Officer Valenzuela then did an incredibly selfless thing. He had a pair of extra shoes, practically brand new, in his patrol car. He grabbed his own extra shoes and offered them to the homeless man.

Valenzuela then dropped down to his knees and put the shoes on for the man. "Officer here giving a homeless guy free shoes, brand new shoes. That just shows exactly how much our officers in Phoenix help the community," Celaya said in a video he posted to YouTube. "I just thought I'd post this and let everybody know."

The shoes were a perfect fit. The homeless man was so grateful to the officer that he pulled out his wallet and tried to give Valenzuela the few dollars he had on him. The officer refused to take any money for the shoes, and told the man that the shoes were a gift not from him, but from God.

"He was just very thankful. I could see a little bit of money in his pocket, he had some dollar bills and some change,” the officer said. “He wanted to pay me for the shoes and I just told him they were a gift from God.”

This is the kind of thing that officers across the country do on a daily basis for the community, and most of the time these stories will go untold. The good that police officers do far outweighs the acts of a few bad apples, and it’s important to remember that.

Source: ABC 15
Photos: YouTube Screenshots

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