Law (and Law Enforcement) Need not Lead to Violence
Despite some of the commentary on threads from recent posts, the presence of the law does not mean that force is around the corner (or that law enforcement officers have no choice but resort to violence in the face of malefactors).
A woman caught shoplifting eggs in Tarrant Saturday didn’t leave with handcuffs and a court date. Thanks to a Tarrant police officer, she left with food for her family.
Officer William Stacy was called to the Dollar General on Pinson Valley Parkway when employees caught the woman trying to steal a dozen eggs, Tarrant Police Chief Dennis Reno said.
The woman had her young children in the car. She told Officer Stacy that she was only stealing because she was trying to feed her children.
Stacy talked with Dollar General, and they said they wouldn’t prosecute. So Stacy made an offer.
"He said, ‘If I give you these eggs, will you promise that you won’t shoplift anymore?’" Reno said. "He knew that she was telling the truth and that’s the reason he went in and bought the eggs."
Stacy bought the eggs and gave them to her, Reno said. The woman then asked if she could give him a hug.
A fellow shopper caught the hug on video, posted that on Facebook, and it had nearly 300,000 views on Facebook Monday afternoon.
Video at the link (and for the curious: black shoplifter, white cop).
Always good to remember that there are nice stories out there.