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NYPD officer photographed giving boots to barefoot homeless man

4:03 pm - 11/29/2012
A photo of a New York City police officer kneeling down to give a barefoot homeless man in Times Square a pair of boots on a cold November night is melting even the iciest New Yorkers' hearts online.

On Nov. 14, NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo, who was on counterterrorism duty in Times Square, saw the older homeless man without shoes sitting on 42nd Street. DePrimo, 25, left and then returned with a pair of $100 boots he bought at a nearby Skechers store.

"It was freezing out, and you could see the blisters on the man's feet," DePrimo, a three-year veteran of the department who lives with his parents on Long Island, told the New York Times. "I had two pairs of socks, and I was still cold."

The random act of kindness was captured by Jennifer Foster, a tourist from Florence, Ariz., who was visiting the city. Foster, communications director for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office in Arizona, emailed the photo to the NYPD with a note commending DePrimo.

"The officer said, 'I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let's put them on and take care of you,'" Foster wrote. "The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man.

"I have been in law enforcement for 17 years," she continued. "I was never so impressed in my life. ... It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost."

Foster's photo was posted on the NYPD's Facebook page on Tuesday, where it received more than 320,000 "likes," 77,000 "shares" and 20,000 comments—most of them praising DePrimo, who seems to have restored Facebook's faith in humanity.

"This is one hell of a police officer," Desiree Wright-Borden wrote.

"Wow," Jack Horton wrote. "It's nice to know there are still good people out there."

"Angels truly do walk on earth!!!" Charlene Hoffman-Pestell wrote.

Some commenters, though, were skeptical, saying the photo could have been staged.

"Clever stunt!" Louis Zehmke wrote. "The hobo is 'parked' at the entrance of a shoe shop."

But Foster claims DePrimo had no idea he was being photographed: "The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching."

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sio 29th-Nov-2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
same here!
spyral_path 29th-Nov-2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Tearing up after reading the part about how the police officer put the socks and shoes on his feet for him.

nicosian 29th-Nov-2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
See, humans? Not difficult to be compassionate!

( though what the eff with Mr Cynical?)
shortsweetcynic 29th-Nov-2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
this was lovely. :)
kitanabychoice 29th-Nov-2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Ahh, finally, some good news. :')
cozmic_oceanz 29th-Nov-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
lol I read the title completely wrong at first, thought "photographed" said "photoshopped"...I think all the other news lately has made me cynical..
bushy_brow 30th-Nov-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
This was me, too, and I was all ready to get my indignant rage on. LOL!
schexyschteve 29th-Nov-2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
That's incredible. It's nice to know there's still some good in the world.
moonbladem 29th-Nov-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Fuck, that made me tear up...
roseofjuly 29th-Nov-2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
My boss did something similar a few days ago - there are three homeless men that sleep nearby campus and she bought them blankets and stuff and gave it to them. I also know several other New Yorkers who have done similar things for homeless folks in NYC. So in the office today I was chatting with my coworkers and one of them was like "I feel like they never talk about when ordinary people do stuff like this" and the other was like "It's because the NYPD is so awful." LOL.

But it's really nice that he did this. I feel like New Yorkers are pretty nice during the holidays. In their own gruff New York way.
myrrhmade 29th-Nov-2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
If we could just multiply this now, by 1, ooo, ooo+
kaelstra 29th-Nov-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
/wipes tear away

I wish everyone were like this a lot more.
ebay313 29th-Nov-2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Aww. Love seeing that people can still be compassionate.
shhh_its_s3cr3t 30th-Nov-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
I need more of this kind of news. Like DAILY. Humans being kind shouldn't be news and it is so sad that it isn't more commonplace in this world.


otana 30th-Nov-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
This is just wonderful.

Sadly it contrasts with the police treatment of the homeless in our area though; Red, a man we go to see regularly had his possessions (including his blankets) confiscated by the police. They take them so often we stop by to bring him more every couple of months. :/
maenads_dance 30th-Nov-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
I know... I live in an area with a lot of homeless folks (central coast of California) and I have seen explicitly stated the sentiment that it's important to make life uncomfortable enough for the homeless that you don't get "too many" flooding into the area and overwhelming services, taking over parks etc etc.

The sheer scale of human need is baffling. I get asked for money, either explicitly or through people signing at stores and street corners, every day. It is so random whether I give; there have been times when I gave and couldn't afford it, and times when I haven't and I could have... that we wind up making these dramatic, individual gestures of kindness is a great good and a testament to the human capacity for altruism, but also a sad reflection on how desperate the need is and how badly the system is failing.
wrestlingdog 30th-Nov-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
This makes me so happy.

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