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(The New York Times)   Another incident of police brutality: cop buys homeless man new boots on a freezing night - Skechers boots   (nytimes.com) divider line 77
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2012-11-29 11:53:42 AM
Hope the poor homeless guy wasn't rolled for those boots later on.
 
2012-11-29 12:07:50 PM
Well the are the 'S'.
 
2012-11-29 12:08:42 PM
Ugh
 
2012-11-29 12:09:16 PM
Then promptly kicked the living crap out of him?
 
2012-11-29 12:10:45 PM
Some of the FB comments show the true naivete of some of our population.

Kari Sorenson As a North Dakota gal, I have never been to the Big Apple but I am glad to know that I can believe that people there are just like people here. God is at work everyday.

Some of you really need to go places.
 
2012-11-29 12:10:50 PM
Did he celebrate by jerking off at a computer in his local library?
 
2012-11-29 12:11:18 PM
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2012-11-29 12:12:24 PM
He's only been a cop for 3 years. In the next five, either he'll devolve into Neanderthal Cop mode, or he'll be off the force (or have a desk job) because the other cops don't appreciate good ones.

Hopefully, he'll end up on some local force where this sort of thing isn't frowned upon.
 
2012-11-29 12:12:50 PM
At least he didn't buy him Uggs - then the homeless guy would get back problems.
 
2012-11-29 12:13:15 PM
Sketchers? Why would he inflict that kind of punishment on that poor homeless man? Hasn't he suffered enough already?

/I believe Steve Martin invented sketchers.
 
2012-11-29 12:13:19 PM
Of course not all cops are bad. But, their apologetic protection of the bad cops among them makes them no better.
 
2012-11-29 12:13:47 PM
Bravo Officer for you random act of kindness. May the recipient pay it forward.
 
2012-11-29 12:14:27 PM
What a heel
 
2012-11-29 12:15:30 PM

BunkyBrewman: Some of the FB comments show the true naivete of some of our population.

Kari Sorenson As a North Dakota gal, I have never been to the Big Apple but I am glad to know that I can believe that people there are just like people here. God is at work everyday.

Some of you really need to go places.


Agreed. First time I went to NY I was surprised the stereotypes weren't true.
 
2012-11-29 12:16:50 PM

Nothing To See Here: What a heel


Cop proved he has a sole.
 
2012-11-29 12:18:27 PM
Damn authoritian cop with his random act of kindness and his "I could be nice to you and get away with it" attitude.

\yelling at clouds, looking for my belt-mounted onion
 
2012-11-29 12:21:31 PM

gopher321: Hope the poor homeless guy wasn't rolled for those boots later on.


They're Skechers.
 
2012-11-29 12:21:58 PM
If only all cops were as good as this guy.
 
2012-11-29 12:22:23 PM
You know what they say. One good apple ripens the whole bunch. Or something like that.
 
2012-11-29 12:25:35 PM
I think this cop missed the point of the term "bootstraps"

/at least they weren't new balance shoes?
 
2012-11-29 12:26:16 PM
....which he promptly traded for half a bottle of Night Train and a dry bag of rolling tobacco.
 
2012-11-29 12:27:02 PM
This world has become a jaded, jaded place. For good reason mostly. It sucks that generally in society we dont give a f*€k about others. Its just good to see someone care, and actually do something every once in a while. Especially a cop, because in my experience, most of them are just the worst people imaginable.
 
2012-11-29 12:27:03 PM
Wow. A cop being alturistic made the news.

I better get some plastic sheets and popcorn. Heads are gonna blow over this one.
 
2012-11-29 12:28:45 PM
This doesn't look like police brutality to me.
 
2012-11-29 12:29:10 PM

nmemkha: Of course not all cops are bad. But, their apologetic protection of the bad cops among them makes them no better.


sooo... All cops are bad?

/Glad we agree
 
2012-11-29 12:29:46 PM
Good for the cop. Hopefully it encourages more people to do the same thing.
 
2012-11-29 12:30:20 PM
Not to downplay how nice this is, but the homeless guy may have been shoeless to get more donations/money. I often see homeless here without shoes/wearing garbage bags etc, it's why a lot of crusties keep a dog, they often get more by looking worse. I certainly hope he wears the shoes though, you can tell from the photo that his feet are pretty jacked.
 
2012-11-29 12:36:23 PM
Give a homeless man a pair of boots and he may walk for days.

Teach a homeless man to make a pair of boots.

?

Profit!
 
2012-11-29 12:36:56 PM

No Time To Explain: I think this cop missed the point of the term "bootstraps"

/at least they weren't new balance shoes?


Hey! I wear New Balance-- awwww :(
 
2012-11-29 12:39:23 PM

redmid17: This doesn't look like police brutality to me.


It's police "bootality"!

/Yeah, that one sucked. I'll be quiet now.
 
2012-11-29 12:39:29 PM
I think this is the good cop that all the others keep making him look bad.
 
2012-11-29 12:39:46 PM

Hipchewy1: Not to downplay how nice this is, but the homeless guy may have been shoeless to get more donations/money. I often see homeless here without shoes/wearing garbage bags etc, it's why a lot of crusties keep a dog, they often get more by looking worse. I certainly hope he wears the shoes though, you can tell from the photo that his feet are pretty jacked.


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2012-11-29 12:43:20 PM

oldfarthenry: redmid17: This doesn't look like police brutality to me.

It's police "bootality"!

/Yeah, that one sucked. I'll be quiet now.


the joke wasnt so bad, its your delivery.
 
2012-11-29 12:43:54 PM
Mr. Cano volunteered to give the officer his employee discount to bring down the regular $100 price of the all-weather boots to a little more than $75.

farking pigs. Volunteered my ass, I'm sure the big bad cop leaned on the poor shop keeper for the old "policeman's discount," and he probably used his uniform allowance to pass the cost on to the downtrodden taxpayer anyway. I demand an independent investigation. Not like it will matter, no matter what they find the police union will keep this worthless leech on the payroll. The 99% making the 1% look bad!

Am i doing it right?
 
2012-11-29 12:43:55 PM
Expect a news article tomorrow stating that the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave for violating pan handler laws.
 
2012-11-29 12:45:40 PM
Did he stomp the dog too?
 
2012-11-29 12:48:18 PM
Searched for a Good Guy Cop Meme and found one
i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-29 01:00:52 PM
c'mon, everyone knows only 98% of cops are powerdrunk psychopaths...
 
2012-11-29 01:03:24 PM
I used to roll my eyes at people who said mean things about the police, but with increasing age and cynicism, I've come to think that while there must be good, altruistic reasons to pursue a career in law enforcement, the profession also must attract more than its fair share of people who suffer from a degree of psychopathy or megalomania. The temptation for these sorts of people to get to wear a gun and force people to do what they say after just a few months of post-high school training must be very difficult to resist.

Even so, I doubt any person becomes a cop without rationalizing a little to himself that he really just wants to help other people. It was definitely a nice thing, what this guy did. But people are complicated, and do "nice things" for all sorts of reasons, so I don't think this story or others like them do much to change my attitude about the police.
 
2012-11-29 01:08:40 PM
On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post...Officer DePrimo went into a Skechers shoe store at about 9:30 p.m.... "as soon as the boots were on him, he went on his way, and I just went back to my post."

Alternative headline: Cop Abandons Post to Conduct Personal Business Leaving Thousands at Risk of Terrorist Attack!
 
2012-11-29 01:13:33 PM
It's a touching story because the officer probably makes ~10% less than the homeless guy. (NYPD new officers are comically underpaid.)
 
2012-11-29 01:17:34 PM

Savage Belief: First time I went to NY I was surprised the stereotypes weren't true.


giddefark outta here!
 
2012-11-29 01:49:16 PM
After being a cop he could become a gumshoe.
 
2012-11-29 01:49:35 PM
Nice job, Flat Foot.
 
2012-11-29 01:55:11 PM
Nice flat, footjob.
 
2012-11-29 01:55:51 PM
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2012-11-29 02:00:39 PM

Hipchewy1: Not to downplay how nice this is, but the homeless guy may have been shoeless to get more donations/money. I often see homeless here without shoes/wearing garbage bags etc, it's why a lot of crusties keep a dog, they often get more by looking worse. I certainly hope he wears the shoes though, you can tell from the photo that his feet are pretty jacked.


Unfortunately, this is the case. This guy's hook is that he can't afford shoes. Others have chimed in to say that he's been doing this for a while.

Unfortunately, he didn't need those shoes, or that level of generosity. Just wait for any followup, and he'll be shoeless again.
 
2012-11-29 02:01:04 PM
You guys are so hard to impress. A police officer does something amazing, and you all are completely unimpressed.

/ Most police are good
 
2012-11-29 02:05:41 PM
Dang, fark is behind. Somebody posted it on facebook this morning.

Don't look at me like that.

The guy shared the link.

Ok fine, just don't poke me.
 
2012-11-29 02:06:57 PM
A pair of discount shoes vs thousands of murders, beatings, kidnappings, etc? Yeah, that totally evens things out.
 
2012-11-29 02:07:04 PM
He'll just have to come up with a new hook. Maybe no pants.
I assume if he turns up shoeless it will be because some asshole stole them off him. He may be a crazy homeless person but I doubt he is dumb enough to piss off the cops.
 
2012-11-29 02:23:01 PM

Hipchewy1: Not to downplay how nice this is, but the homeless guy may have been shoeless to get more donations/money. I often see homeless here without shoes/wearing garbage bags etc, it's why a lot of crusties keep a dog, they often get more by looking worse. I certainly hope he wears the shoes though, you can tell from the photo that his feet are pretty jacked.


He'll sell those boots for $10 to get his next fix.
 
2012-11-29 02:36:55 PM
That's his ex
 
2012-11-29 02:56:43 PM
its a good thing the times just happen to be there with a camera
 
2012-11-29 03:20:57 PM

DMZ DEATH: This world FARK has become a jaded, jaded place.


Fixed


Especially a cop, because in my experience, most of them are just the worst people imaginable.

You're so charming. Keep it up, sunshine.
 
2012-11-29 03:26:58 PM
Grew up in a small town; the cops there are decent people, and I learned a life-long respect for them...I guess big cities, bigger chance of corruption to spread.


But this thread should be about this cop and his selfless act.
 
2012-11-29 03:38:53 PM
The cop is a great person for sure, but did anyone else notice that the beggar was sitting shoe-less in front of a shoe store w/ a bag at his side?

I wonder how many pairs of shoes he has scored this way?

When I see a homeless person claiming they are hungry I usually offer to buy them some food. Mostly I get told to fark off. Only ONCE has the person accepted that offer. (so I bought him a nice lunch at the food court)
 
2012-11-29 03:43:02 PM

SpectroBoy: When I see a homeless person claiming they are hungry I usually offer to buy them some food. Mostly I get told to fark off. Only ONCE has the person accepted that offer. (so I bought him a nice lunch at the food court)


Once in Venice Beach we passed a group of scruffy-looking young guys. One of them asked my husband for his leftovers, and since we were staying in a hotel and had nowhere to put it he handed it over. The guy did a happy dance in the middle of the street.
 
2012-11-29 04:04:23 PM

SpectroBoy: The cop is a great person for sure, but did anyone else notice that the beggar was sitting shoe-less in front of a shoe store w/ a bag at his side?

I wonder how many pairs of shoes he has scored this way?


I was wondering about that - but this is a cop working in that area, dealing with these types of situations all the time. I think the cop would have figured out if it were a scam. That sort of thing is sort of their job. On the other hand, the cop might have just reacted on a totally emotional level to feeling the cold coming in through his gear. But I doubt a cop would get scammed in this way.
 
2012-11-29 04:20:20 PM
I have at least one pair of used boots I'd give away. Not in perfect condition, but still usable, just toss in a thick insole.
 
2012-11-29 04:25:09 PM

quietwalker: Hipchewy1: Not to downplay how nice this is, but the homeless guy may have been shoeless to get more donations/money. I often see homeless here without shoes/wearing garbage bags etc, it's why a lot of crusties keep a dog, they often get more by looking worse. I certainly hope he wears the shoes though, you can tell from the photo that his feet are pretty jacked.

Unfortunately, this is the case. This guy's hook is that he can't afford shoes. Others have chimed in to say that he's been doing this for a while.

Unfortunately, he didn't need those shoes, or that level of generosity. Just wait for any followup, and he'll be shoeless again.


Yeah, I just noticed he's conveneintly sitting outside a shoe store. Probably has a pair, takes them off so people pony up cash/shoes. Sells the better ones, keeps the money. Yeah, I'm jaded.
 
2012-11-29 04:52:28 PM
Well, I dunno about you guys, but for me this totally overrides all the shake-downs, beatings, and brazen abuse of power.
 
2012-11-29 04:53:51 PM
what A GREAT Person that Officer is! That goes to Prove that you cannot paint any Group of People with a broad Bush. I know there are bad Police Officers as well as good ones. It has Nothing to do with their Profession, This Story brought a Tear to my Eye.
 
2012-11-29 05:30:30 PM
Homeless Man Shod By Police
 
2012-11-29 06:13:16 PM

HeartBurnKid: If only all cops were as good as this guy.


Exactly.

Good on him.
 
2012-11-29 06:19:18 PM
I'm 50 y/o and had both good and bad experiences with law enforcement officers. So far, the good has outweighed the bad.
 
2012-11-29 06:48:04 PM

HeartBurnKid: If only all cops were as good as this guy.


If only all humans were as good as that cop.
 
2012-11-29 07:23:52 PM

kg2095: HeartBurnKid: If only all cops were as good as this guy.

If only all humans were as good as that cop.


Agreed!
 
2012-11-29 10:11:01 PM
What really got me kinda liking this guy was the "It's what anyone would have done".

I love that attitude. I hope this guy gets placed in a good unit where he can help people more.
 
2012-11-29 11:07:36 PM

ventrman: what A GREAT Person that Officer is! That goes to Prove that you cannot paint any Group of People with a broad Bush. I


True enough.
 
2012-11-30 02:18:02 AM

SpectroBoy: The cop is a great person for sure, but did anyone else notice that the beggar was sitting shoe-less in front of a shoe store w/ a bag at his side?

I wonder how many pairs of shoes he has scored this way?

When I see a homeless person claiming they are hungry I usually offer to buy them some food. Mostly I get told to fark off. Only ONCE has the person accepted that offer. (so I bought him a nice lunch at the food court)


I just did that the other night. Guy asked for change, which I didn't have so I countered with food. It was outside a 7-11 so it was by no means gourmet, but I was kind of impressed that he went for a salad and coconut flavored drink instead of a hot dog and beer (which i would have refused, the beer not the dog).

Good on this cop. I'm from NY and have found most of the beat cops there are decent sorts, it's the specialized unit guys who are the assholes. But then again, those guys have been in for a while and deal with true scum. Not an excuse but I can see where they can tend to paint everyone in the same light.
 
2012-11-30 04:27:33 AM
Luke 10:25-37
 
2012-11-30 05:54:36 AM
Maybe it would be a good thing to eschew the dumbass adolescent cliches for one night and thank this cop from all of us for being a decent guy.
 
2012-11-30 09:15:07 AM

This About That: Maybe it would be a good thing to eschew the dumbass adolescent cliches for one night and thank this cop from all of us for being a decent guy.


As soon as your mom stops eschewing adolescents for one night.
 
2012-11-30 09:31:51 AM

macadamnut: This About That: Maybe it would be a good thing to eschew the dumbass adolescent cliches for one night and thank this cop from all of us for being a decent guy.

As soon as your mom stops eschewing adolescents for one night.


Look it up, kid.
 
2012-11-30 11:17:40 AM

This About That: macadamnut: This About That: Maybe it would be a good thing to eschew the dumbass adolescent cliches for one night and thank this cop from all of us for being a decent guy.

As soon as your mom stops eschewing adolescents for one night.

Look it up, kid.


Study it out, son.
 
2012-11-30 12:59:04 PM
 
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