Police officers all over the country are getting terrible reviews. Many people think that they are abusing their power and that they can do awful things without repercussions. They are thought of as being uncaring bullies who enjoy what their badge enables them to do. That’s not always the case though. There are many more good cops out there than bad ones. Here’s one video that will show the civilian/police interaction doesn’t have to be all bad.
It was the complaint that hundreds, if not thousands of teens have uttered over the years – they were fed up with their home situation. Officer Gaetano Acerra, a police officer in Sumter, South Carolina, got that call when Cameron Simmons, a 13-year-old boy said that he wanted to run away after he had gotten into yet another fight with his mother. Officer Acerra went over and was shocked at what he encountered.
Officer Acerra saw that the teen was living in conditions that weren’t exactly optimal. He didn’t have a bed and there was next to nothing in his room. That was a situation that needed to be fixed… and he was the one to do it. Out of his own pocket, he got Cameron a new bed, a desk, a Wii game system and a TV for the teen to play games on. He did it because he knew it was the right thing to do.
Minorities and the police departments around the country have what we could consider a fractured relationship. They are often thought of as holding them back or worse. This situation is a ray of light that’s shining through the dark cloud of these hostile relations. The fact that it happened in South Carolina, which is not exactly a hotbed for civil rights makes it an even better story.
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