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Chicago Police Officer Buys Meal for Homeless Man

The police have recently been getting a lot of bad coverage in the media – and in many cases, for good reason. There is no doubt that police brutality is a real concern in this country, and in many cases that brutality is aimed at African-Americans and other minorities. Chicago, where this story takes place, has been the hotbed of a lot of police controversy due to the alleged torture and brutality by police in the area.

This story, like so many feel good stories, does not have a lot of substance to it, but nonetheless serves to remind us that police are humans just like we are. A great deal of them may be corrupt humans with bad intentions, but statistically speaking, there is no way they could be all bad. And maybe, just maybe, some of them really did get into police work in order to serve and protect, like their oath implies.

The story is a simple one – according to Time, Sergeant B. Hagarty, who has been on the Chicago police force for 35 years, was eating at a Chipotle last month when he noticed a homeless man looking through dumpsters right outside the window. Hagarty tapped on the glass, asked the man if he was hungry, and invited him inside. He then stood with him in line and ordered food for him.

This kind act was witnessed by Rachel Mitchell, another woman who was eating at the Chipotle. She approached the officer to tell him what witnessing this event meant to her, and then went home and posted about the encounter on Facebook. The story got picked up and shared by a local radio station, and people everywhere started sharing pictures of this event and letting this story inspire them to see the good in others.

“Touched my heart so much, with all the (crap) police are getting these days it reminds me there’s so much more good out there than anyone ever wants to give credit. If everyone did something simple like this every day the world would be a better place.” Mitchell said

When asked about his actions, Hagarty remained bashful, and asserted that had not set out to do anything spectacular. He almost seemed annoyed with the positive attention he was receiving. And honestly, Hagarty has every right to feel amazed that so many people see this as a big deal. If the police are truly here to serve and protect, then they should be doing acts like this every day, and Hagarty has a good point when he acts like this is just another part of serving in the line of duty.


Addison Herron-Wheeler
Addison is a Managing Editor of Colorado for CULTURE Magazine, and a freelance music writer for Denver Westword. She is a published fiction author and has a self-published book for sale on women in heavy metal entitled Wicked Woman. Addison covers topics from cannabis law reform and heavy metal, to women's rights and social justice issues. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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