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Blog | A white Alabama police officer buys eggs for, instead of arresting, black woman caught stealing them to feed children

The issue of police misconduct is real, and a racial divide between police and predominantly black neighborhoods has to be repaired.

When cops break the law, they need to be held accountable.

And when they go above and beyond the call of duty, that, too, needs to be highlighted.

And if we are going to note the race of an officer and victim when something goes wrong, we need to note it when things go well.

To that end ...

Alabama cop buys eggs for women who shoplifted some to feed her family:

So she took the eggs, but they broke in her jacket pocket, and she was caught.

"You know what they say about karma, right? Of course when I put them in my jacket pocket, they broke,'' Johnson said. "I'm not a good thief at all."

When a store worker confronted her, she admitted to the theft and learned that the police were already on the way. Johnson expected to be carted off in handcuffs, but unbeknownst to her, the responding police officer, William Stacy, had already spoken to the store officials, and Dollar General said that it would not press charges.

What happened next truly shocked Johnson: Officer Stacy went and bought the eggs for her.

"She started crying; she got very emotional and was very apologetic,'' Stacy said. "She tried to give me the money she had on her, $1.25."

He did, however, extract compensation—in the form of making Johnson promise not to shoplift again.

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