They say integrity is who you are when no one is watching, or in this case, when at least you think no one is watching.
Sergeant Hagarty, a Chicago cop of 35 years who is about to retire, was eating lunch at Chipotle when he saw a homeless man digging food out of the trash outside. Hagarty knocked on the window to ask if the man was hungry. He nodded yes, and the officer motioned for him to come inside and get food.
What Hagarty didn't realize was that Rachel Mitchell, another customer, was watching the whole thing and taking pictures. The Blaze reported what she shared on social media:
“So today I saw something that made my day. This Chicago Police officer was sitting at a window seat at Chipotle, outside the window he saw a homeless man digging through the trash. The cop knocked on the window, getting the homeless man’s attention. Through the glass he asked the man if he was hungry. The man nodded yes, and the cop motioned for him to come inside. The cop told him to set what belongings he had next to him and told him to order what he wanted because he would pay for it. They stood in line together and at the end the cop paid for the man’s meal. A simple hand shake was exchanged between them and they parted ways like it was no big deal. Touched my heart so much, with all the (crap) police are getting these days it reminds me there’s so much more good out there than anyone ever wants to give credit. If everyone did something simple like this every day the world would be a better place.”
Mitchell's post spread fast and Hagarty's police department questioned him about it. He "reluctantly" admitted that was him and mentioned the woman who thanked him in Chipotle, guessing the post was from her.
The Chicago Police Department applauded his kind action, “Sergeant Hagarty we thank you for leading the Chicago Police Department by example.”
So refreshing to see this kind of exchange between a (white) officer and a (black) citizen, especially in light of all that has been going on lately. Do you agree?