It seems like cops have been getting a pretty bad rap lately. Not that it’s not justified, but it’s unfortunate when the public feels like they can’t trust the people who are supposed to be there to protect them. This is why it’s comforting to hear a story about a police officer who went out of his way to help someone who they could’ve easily given a ticket to instead.
Ka’Shawn Baldwin was pulled over on Wednesday in Cahokia, Illinois for allegedly expired plates.
According to CNN, the 22-year-old was also driving with a suspended license in a borrowed car.
Baldwin told the officer who pulled him over that he was on his way to a job interview and had no other means of transportation to get there.
“I thought it was over,” Baldwin told CNN. “The main thing that was running through my mind [was] I’m fixin’ to miss the job interview and get the car towed that wasn’t even mine.”
Roger Gemoules, a resource officer for Cahokia High School, was the one who pulled Baldwin over. He decided to offer the driver a ride to his interview instead of giving him a ticket.
“He was very respectful when I pulled him over and you could just tell — I could feel that he really was wanting to get to this job interview,” Gemoules said.
The officer followed Baldwin to drop his car off at a safe location and then drove him to his interview. Not only did he make it to the interview, but Baldwin got the job.
“I was a few minutes late, but I made it,” Baldwin said. “I was grateful, I was thankful. Made it to the interview, I got a job.”
Francella Jackson, the assistant to Cahokia Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., later shared the story on Facebook, commending Gemoules for his compassion.
Cahokia police officer Roger Gemoules pulled a vehicle over yesterday that had expired plates. The occupant of the car...Posted by Francella Jackson on Thursday, April 18, 2019
The post reads: “Cahokia police officer Roger Gemoules pulled a vehicle over yesterday that had expired plates. The occupant of the car also did not have a valid driver’s license, etc. He told Officer Gemoules that he had a job interview and didn’t have any way of getting there and that’s why he was driving illegally. Instead of issuing him a ticket, Officer Gemoules took him to his interview AND HE GOT THE JOB! On behalf of Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., I would like to thank Officer Gemoules for showing compassion and being a great example of how community-oriented policing actually works.”
And the comment section was full of praise for the young officer.