There is still beauty in this world!
- I found out about this story from the Digital Butterfly:
- Journal Star: Homeless people give Christmas check to police officer
- The Associated Press
NEW YORK — A police officer got a Christmas bonus of $3,000 from homeless people who wanted to thank him for standing up for them.
Officer Eduardo Delacruz was suspended for 30 days without pay last month after he refused a sergeant’s order to arrest a homeless man found sleeping in a garage.
In gratitude, organizations for the homeless put together the fund for the 37-year-old officer, his wife and their five children. Homeless people also contributed change scrounged from passers-by, money earned from recycling cans and bottles, even a portion of their welfare checks.
“We just wanted to thank him by contributing however we could,” said Joe Bostic, one of 30 former and current homeless men and women who announced the gift. According to police, Delacruz told his superiors in the department’s Homeless Outreach Unit that he would not arrest a homeless man on Nov. 22 because the man nowhere else to go. The officer was suspended for refusing to comply with an order.