I love this story because it’s thankfully not the kind of police-related story we so often report on around here. This isn’t a story about abuse of power or brutality; it’s a story about compassion and going above and beyond the call of duty.
This is what a good cop looks like.
Here’s the video:
A few weeks ago, 13-year-old Cameron Simmons called Sumter police because he was upset after fighting with his mom. The teenager told police he didn’t want to live in the house with his family anymore.
Officer Gaetano Acerra responded to the call.
"I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,’" said Acerra. "I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now."
The officer brought Simmons home, and realized the boy didn’t have a real bed. In fact, Simmons didn’t have nearly anything he needed for a bedroom.
"My heart went out for him," said Acerra. "I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid."
A few weeks after the call, Acerra showed up at Simmon’s house with a truck full of gifts.
"Bed, TV, desk, chair, a Wii game system that somebody donated to me because of the story I told them," said Acerra.
Simmons told Acerra that because of the new bed, his back won’t hurt anymore.
Simmons was sleeping on an inflatable mattress. The teenager said the mattress would slowly deflate throughout the night.
"I didn’t do this for publicity or to get people to notice me," Acerra said. "I did it because I could. It was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this."
Officer Acerra said he has gained more than just a few pats on the back; he’s gained friend.
We’ve said it over and over at this blog: not all cops are bad. We are certainly not anti-cop. There are plenty of good, respectful, law-abiding police officers out there. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of bad ones too.
We simply advocate that people with great amounts of authority and power be held accountable. Police have lethal amounts of power, and that power gets overused daily all across the country. It’s time for less lethal force, less militarization, and more of what Officer Acerra is doing.
Acerra seems to realize that respect for authority is something that is earned, not something that comes from instilling fear. Acerra’s actions are the kind of thing that might actually change a bad neighborhood into a good one.
• Vintage books (you can find these super cheap at thrift stores or your local library) • Succulents and succulent planting soil • Moss (purchased at Michael’s) • Exacto knife • Mod podge • Fabric flowers (easy DIY to make these found here) • Cling wrap
To create the planters:
1. Draw a rectangle the size you want the planter to be to serve as the cutting guide.
2. Use an exacto knife to hollow out a 1-2 inch deep space where the plant will be. Then seal that with the mod podge.
3. To further protect the book, place a layer of cling wrap in the space and sprinkle a layer of succulent potting soil. Plant your succulents along with moss and fabric flowers and you’re done!
90s Animal Planet:
Animals are cool, kids! They can be your friends! But watch out, some are dangerous! Ooh, watch Jeff Corwin handle the most venomous snake in Africa! Aw, look at the tiger babies! Oh, let's learn about conserving the environment! Remember kids, we must respect this planet, because it's the animals' home as well!
2013 Animal Planet:
ANIMALS WILL FUCKING KILL YOU. And guess what? PARASITES WILL TOO! Yes I know those aren't really animals, I guess. OH YEAH HERE'S SOME PSEUDO-SCIENCE ABOUT BIGFOOT. He's an animal too, right? WATCH THIS WOMAN GET EATEN BY HER PET CHIMPANZEE. ANIMALS ARE SCARY, KIDS. BE CAUTIOUS AROUND YOUR PET LIZARD OK. oh look kittens!
90s History Channel:
Here kids, we're gonna talk about this society today. History from all time periods and all countries. Isn't this stuff fascinating? Watch us dig up a tomb!
Early 2000's History Channel:
So there's this guy named Hitler. And he's pretty bad. Let us tell you how bad Hitler is. Hitler. Hitler. Hitler. Hitler. More Hiltler. Hey have you heard about this guy named Hitler?
2013 History Channel:
Aliens moonshiners aliens rednecks aliens pawnshops aliens aliens aliens hey have we mentioned aliens because aliens