I figure it is time, in the middle of all the anti-police and racism/bigotry crap going on right now, to give some credit for good work where it’s due and recognize real cases of desperation that lead people to make bad decisions. So here it goes.
My nomination of good guy of the week is Officer William Stacy of Tarrant, Alabama. I’ve spent enough time in Alabama to be uncomfortable just visiting the state. The Texas legislature was smart enough to put up a big sign warning folks not to leave Texas. It tells you that your at the Sabine River. Turnaround! Let’s put it this way, A great many folks would have expected Stacy to cuff and stuff Helen Johnson and some who will read this will suggest she rot in jail as a thief. But, Stacy truly went above and beyond. Some may call him soft or say he used judgement befitting a rookie but, I say he’s being the kind of cop we should all want on our streets.
“You can’t let kids go hungry. I ran inside, bought the eggs for her and walked out and handed her the eggs,” Stacy said.
“She tried to give me all the money she had on her, which was $1.25. I told her to keep it. I don’t want it. The way she can repay me is to never do this [shoplift] again.”
Stacy didn’t have to do what he did for Helen Johnson. But it’s great to see his chief and the community standing behind him. One can only hope that should Stacy have the misfortune of being in a use of force incident later in his career that people will remember this moment and give him the benefit of the doubt rather than instantly vilifying him as a “jackbooted thug.” Good show Officer Stacy! Keep it up!