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.