Lieutenant Cook, a police officer with the Arlington, Texas, Police Department, was working a security detail when a patron told him there was a teenager smoking marijuana by the door. He saw the teen throw down the joint when he arrived in the area. Lieutenant Cook also smelled the pot. He could have arrested the teen, but he suddenly decided to take a different path. Approaching the young man who remained respectful, he told the teen that he would not pursue charges.
Why Did Lieutenant Cook Think About Push Ups?
The officer says that he had a flashback to his own younger days as he approached the young man. He remembered his football coach who used pushups as punishment. Therefore, the officer told the young man that if he gave him 200 push-ups, he would not arrest him. The boy dropped to the ground and gave him the push-ups. Another person caught the scene with a smartphone and posted it to Facebook. The video went viral.
Lieutenant Cook also went into the movie theater. He found the mother informing her of what happened. The mother gave the officer a hug. According to the officer, she gave her son a stern warning. She then turned to the officer saying:
“I would have made him do more push-ups.”
The officer says that he had never done something like this before. He says that he is thankful that his supervisor supported his actions. Cook also says that he suddenly appreciated what his coach had been trying to accomplish when he was in high school. It is his hope that the young man may someday remember what he did and pass it on one day.
Are There Other Officers Doing Good Things?
While the news is often filled with bad news against the police, there are other officers doing great things as well. These officers often see a need choosing to meet it out of their own pockets.
In September 2016, Officer Zach Stamper answered a call in Roeland Park, Kansas, about a suspicious man in the park. When he arrived, he met a man named Samuel Meixueiro who he discovered walked between five and six hours each day to work. The officer immediately went and got the man a bike and a duffle bag to keep his stuff in.
New York resident Jeff Roberts who was walking to a job interview after looking for months. He stopped a police officer to ask for directions. The police officer realized that Jeff would never get to the interview on time, so he gave him a ride. Despite looking for the cop after the interview to tell him thanks, he has never seen him again.
Officer Jeremy Herwood with the San Diego Police Department, the city police in San Diego, never expected it to be his last meal when he stopped at McDonald’s. While in the restaurant, he befriended a young boy who told him he was hungry. He also told the officer that he had no money. Jeremy brought the boy lunch along with his own. Moments later, he was fatally gunned down in a nearby ambush.
Lieutenant Cook saw a young man in Arlington, Texas, saw a young man smoking pot and told him to do pushups instead of taking him to jail. Other officers have brought transportation for people, gave people lifts, and even brought a hungry boy lunch. None expected anything in return. Maybe, everyone should draw inspiration from these officers examples by looking around them to find a need that needs to be met. In that way, the example of Lieutenant’s Cook football coach will continue to live on.
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