It is an often associated creed with Police; “To Serve and Protect”. Officer’s are there to serve the community and protect it from dangers that may come from outside or within. But how many people think about the service they often do? How many even believe there is a service beyond the enforcement of law? One Illinois man is a believer after a recent encounter with an officer ended up helping him get a job.
Ka’Shawn Baldwin, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was pulled over Wednesday in Cahokia by officer Roger Gemoules for allegedly having expired license plates. Baldwin also did not have a valid driver’s license. This would ordinarily have ended up with the vehicle towed and impounded and Ka’Shawn under arrest and facing numerous tickets. However, Ka’Shawn explained politely to the officer that he had no other way of getting to a job interview that he desperately needed to get to. When he was told the car could go no farther he asked Officer Gemoules if he would take him to his interview?
“He was polite when I pulled him over and he seemed like a good young man, so I wanted to give him a chance,” Gemoules told NBC affiliate KSDK in St. Louis. “I knew if I gave him a bunch of tickets and towed his car, it would be tough to recover from.” And so after following Mr. Baldwin home to put the car safely away he took him to the interview and went about the rest of his day. It turns out that Ka’Shawn got the job he was after and had a lot to say about his experience; including how the interaction was unlike any other he has ever witnessed involving an officer in his neighborhood and it has given him a newfound respect for those who work in law enforcement.
If only we could all show mutual respect as these two did and realize that the relationship between officers and the community needn’t be a combative one but should be one of cooperation and building a better community together. Officer Gemoules and Mr. Baldwin are your Good News Story of the Day and you can read more about their story and how the community responded and what the job was here.
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