Community Policing

It may seem like all news is bad news these days, but that isn’t exactly true. There is good news to be found out there, too, and sometimes it comes from…Roy Hibbert?

Yesterday on Instagram, Hibbert posted a photo of a policeman handing a pair of shoes to someone on the side of the road. As Hibbert wrote in the caption, “Just seen an Indy police officer pull over. Go into his trunk n give a homeless guy a pair of shiny boots. #COPS”

Later, Hibbert spoke to buzz feed about what he witnessed. The homeless man shook his head in disbelief and appeared to thank the officer, Hibbert said. “He just walked back into his car and drove away,” Hibbert said.

The officer couldn’t have known the NBA center was just a few cars away and would share the encounter to his 180,000 Instagram followers. The Pacers have also reached out to the police department to try to identify the officer; Hibbert said he’d like to give him a few tickets to show his appreciation.

At a time when the excessive force of some officers has caught headlines, Hibbert said he wanted to bring attention to the acts of good that aren’t as visible. “Not all police officers are what you hear about in Ferguson,” he said. “This type of stuff you don’t hear about too often.”

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