Police Officer Comforts Autistic Teen

In general, when the media reports cops who do something kind, it’s towards animals.  It’s not often, or often enough, that we read stories about law enforcement doing something kind for people.  So, I thought I’d share this uplifting story.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department posted the story on their Facebook page on May 13, 2016.

Officer Tim Purdy is with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina Police Department.  An unnamed teen student had left school and may have been suicidal.  The teen has a history of violent behavior due to a neuro-development disorder.

According to Yahoo news, when Officer Purdy spotted the student, he approached him, sat with him on the concrete and tried to connect with him. At one point, Purdy even made the teen laugh.

The police department wrote:

 “Officer Purdy established trust and a relationship that allowed officers to get this young man the help that he so desperately needed. There’s more to policing than making arrests and enforcing the law. Sometimes taking those extra little steps makes the biggest difference in someone’s life.”

Thank you, Officer Purdy.

Autistic teen

Posted on 05/17/2016, in Good Cops, Heroes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. So glad you posted this! “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ‭‭(Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

    • Hi Deanna! It’s because we pray for those very things that our minds are on them. We pray for them not just for ourselves, but also for others.

      • Amen! That is verse 6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

  2. This is the way the world is supposed to work. Makes one feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel.

  3. Wow! Maybe our efforts ARE changing the world!

  4. I hope each one learned something from the other. Beautiful story, thank you for this!

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Such a wonderful act of kindness!

      • Here we go ……… Fogen is lashing out at the Martins claiming they are bad parents and didn’t raise their kids right…….well……Fogen is the one with a police record to start with and he’s claiming they are capitalizing on his attack on Fogen.

        He’s also auctioning off (another fake auction I predict) the gun he used to kill Trayvon claiming that is what our forefathers would do.

        I swear by all that is holy, this nut job………..well, this takes the cake.

        • I think he suffers from the green-eyed monster.

          • How did I miss that !!!!!! He claims his gun is an “….American firearm icon…..”

            All I can say is …………….he’s …….

            • Yep. Delusional. I wonder if or how his current actions are going to effect his testimony in the Appearson trial?

            • Eeeeeeeee. The Apperson trial. Apperson should claim SYG and self defense. If that doesn’t work, he can claim “Fogen is America’s most hated man” so why shouldn’t I try to take him out.

              Works for me. I know !!!!!! “Jury Nullification” Yeah……………

            • I know…………….I’ll bid on his gun………..win…………pick it up in person……then knock the living snot out of him with it…….just sayin’

              If he can say whatever he wants……..so can I.

              Hey Fogen…….this bad parenting issue is such blatant BS, your a joke. Both of Trayvon’s parents had good paying jobs and 0 unemployment history. It’s now a matter of public record. You have an unemployment history that defies logic and probably never made more than 15K a year. You had 2 bogus business’s…..one pressure washing business that didn’t even own a single piece of equipment and a fake insurance agency…….in a relatives name yet who didn’t even have an ins. lic.

              And Fogen gets the loudest barrel award………..probably the only award he’ll ever get. Hell, I’ll bet his Little League coach wouldn’t even give him the participation trophy he’s such a jerk. Thinking about it……..I bet if he did play Little League, the pitchers who beaned him are just grinning away…..can ya blame them.

              If getting past the firearm is a good thing, drive to the top of a long bridge, throw it as far as you can…..hey, bring Osterman or Taaffe or someone to throw it for you. If you get sentimental……………….dive in after it……hey…..just sayin’……………..

              Now with that said……being the human and fallible and all that, I say we all get together and agree on a day and time where we can all face FL and give him the finger. Like we all haven’t thought of that before.

            • Oh — the sentimental thing. Wait. I can’t write more now. There’s a cramp in my side from laughing.

            • And needs to make sure he has lots of heavy duty lighting equipment chained to him so he can see in the murky water……….he can use my chains…..and padlock.

        • The NY Daily Times began their story right;

          “Trayvon Martin’s killer is still taking shots at him.”

      • Yes Yahtzee, and true bravery.

  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    Beautiful! Officer Purdy is to be commended for his professionalism and kindness.

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