Good Cop Story: NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo Drops $75 On Boots For Barefoot Homeless Man

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Believe it or not, not all cops are racist, donut-eating thugs who want nothing more than to hassle innocent citizens. In fact, the vast majority are good people who put themselves in harm's way to keep the rest of us safe.

The good ones, however, tend to get the least amount of ink. But NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo deserves a nod.

The photo above was snapped by a tourist from Arizona. It shows DePrimo giving boots and a pair of socks to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square on November 14.

The woman who took the photo, Jennifer Foster, says she was walking around Times Square when she saw the homeless man begging for change. She gives the following description of DePrimo's generosity:

"Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, 'I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let's put them on and take care of you.' The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching*. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer's name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared."
Our thanks to the Fosters for their attention and appreciation, and especially to this officer, who remains anonymous.

According to DePrimo, the man told him he'd never had a pair of shoes before. So DePrimo went to a Skechers store on 42nd Street and dropped $75 on a pair of insulated winter boots and socks for the man.

"I didn't think anything of it," DePrimo tells Newsday.


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dcasanoma
dcasanoma

In the middle of all the hoopla, does anyone notice anything wrong with this story?  Notice the inflated language:  "Once in a lifetime moment", "Miracle on 42nd Street" "His face lit up like he'd been given, literally, $1,000,000", "he wanted 'NOTHING' in return" (note the way the word 'nothing' was blown up in large caps.

Seriously folks, does something not sound fishy about this story?  Any chance it could be a set-up to whitewash the ever-increasing # of incidents of police brutality and infringement of people's rights.  Is there any chance this could be an attempt by the police to get the masses to think of them as our "Caring Big Brother" while the Government moves forward in it's preparation of a police state.  What better way to create compliance than to create a fuzzy warm image of the men they hired only last year to taze andattack peaceful protesters.

Plus, did anyone note anything fishy about the "tourist" who took the photo?  Just a "tourist"?  Think again.  This so-called tourist by-stander has been identified as a 17 year police dispatcher from Arizona.  Coincidence? Hardly.  People do good deeds everyday, some far greater than buying some a $50 pair of boots.  Not to knock the deed itself, but the story doesn’t sound right.  The policeman in questions states he thought “nothing” of it and was described later as wanting “nothing” in return.  If he wanted nothing, why did he describe in detail what he was doing in the store?  The policewoman who posted the photo said he was unaware he was being photographed.

The photo was taken right In Front of him.  How could be unaware?  Guys, the story is nothing but an attempt to make us look on Government forcement agencies as Caring Big Brother while the Gov pushes forward with items like Fema prison camps, the NDAA warrantless arrest program, the purchase andstocking of 1 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition, the creation of a Mass Fatality Planning Bill, the purchases of thousands & thousands of coffins and more …

When the media puts out a story like this, you can be sure something is brewing in the background.  Keep eyes and ears open.  And do not be tricked.  Least of all, by Government “cute guys” in blue clothing.

kp.ryan
kp.ryan

It's not in this article, but the guy at the shoe store says he discounted the price from appx. $100 to $49 for these boots.

Yet I read here and in other stories that the cop paid $75 for the boots. 

Which is accurate.

AND, I'm a bit surprised that so many people are fully trusting that this story is real and not some phony 'feel good' act that just 'happened' to be recorded by a tourist and by luck found its way into the media and now is being broadcast around the world.  Just sayin' everyone should know by now not everything is as advertised.

Geno
Geno

I'm just saying...it takes a true ITALIAN-AMERICAN fellow like this with a heart of gold to show how kind and altruistic a person can be towards a total stranger. Also,it demonstrates how not all cops are bad,mean and arrogant. Proud to be ITALIAN and proud to call Larry Deprimo a true NYPD HERO ! 

Benedictine
Benedictine

New York, where there are people like this man left to fend for themselves, yet the mayor concerns himself with beverage container sizes in theaters. Good thing you gave this guy a third term. Heckuva job, Bloomie.

ogamble
ogamble

@VoiceStreet A cop buying a pair of boots is only a small step in the direction away from treating everyone but the 1% like shit.

hwyfuzz
hwyfuzz

Follow up on this story when the department jams him up for purchasing the boots at a discounted price.

stephenfroud
stephenfroud

What a great guy, we all need to do more for people in need in these harsh times.

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