Officer Called For 12-Year-Old Girl Stealing $2 Shoes, Then Discovers Where She's Living
Cailyn Finkel 5/9/2017
For most police officers, the first week on the job often shapes their outlook for the rest of their career. Fortunately for the people of Atlanta, Officer Che Milton's first week on duty was a wonderful window into the future.
When Office Milton received a call about young girl attempting to shoplift a cheap pair of shoes, he approached the situation with an open mind and kind heart....
The call was from an employee at a nearby dollar store - the store's staff detained a 12-year-old girl after catching her in redhanded with a pair of $2 shoes.
Instead of placing her in custody or berating her for stealing, Officer Milton asked why she tried to take the shoes. Her answer broke his heart.
She told Officer Milton that the shoes were for her 5-year-old sister and she needed them desperately.
After hearing her reason for the theft, Officer Milton asked the girl to show him where her family lived to verify her story. The two jumped into his squad car and drove over to the girl's tiny home in a dangerous part of town.
Officer Milton told CNN that as soon as he stepped into the family's home the gravity of their situation hit him.
"I saw the conditions. There was no food in the house and the kids were there."
Instead of beds for the children, thin sheet were strewn across the floor. There was no furniture, food or toys to fill their house - just bare walls and an overwhelming feeling of detachment.
Embarrassed, the girl's mother apologized for the conditions and explained that her husband worked around the clock. This meant she stayed at home with their five children since day care was too expensive.
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Officer Milton quickly left and rushed over to a nearby pizza shop where he purchased four large pizzas. As soon as they were hot and ready, Officer Milton delivered them to the girl's home. The family was thankful for the meal and couldn't believe a random police officer cared about their plight enough to step in.
They all went to bed with full stomachs for the first time in recent memory.
The Atlanta Police Department released a statement about Officer Milton's kind actions on its Facebook page:
"Officer Milton was sympathetic to the family's situation and felt that he needed to do something. He advised DFCS (Division of Family and Children Services) of the situation to find out if a social worker could assist the family with their living situation.
He also purchased four pizzas and two large beverages for the family that he paid for and delivered on his own. The family expressed sincere and genuine gratitude for Officer Milton's unsolicited act of kindness.
Officer Milton did not help this family in hopes of receiving any recognition....
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."
In the months since his first encounter with the family, Officer Milton has been back to drop off food, supplies and support several times.
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We need more people like Officer Milton in the world - those who will give back to others in need without hesitation. What do you think about his actions? Share your thoughts and feelings with the world in the Facebook comments section!
Sources: CNN / FB Image Credit: Screenshot via YouTube