Most people are not particularly thrilled to be pulled over by a police officer – especially not when they are illegally driving to an important job interview.
But rather than being issued a ticket, Ka’Shawn Baldwin was offered a ride.
The 22-year-old man from Cahokia, Illinois had been pulled over by Officer Roger Gemoules for driving a car with expired license plates last week. Not only that, Baldwin says that he did not have a valid driver’s license.
Baldwin explained how he had borrowed his friend’s car and opted to drive illegally because he was on his way to a job interview and he had no other means of transportation.
“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 told CNN.
Upon hearing his story, Gemoules simply offered to give Baldwin a ride to the interview.
Baldwin was only a few minutes late, but he ended up landing the job – and he says that he is extremely grateful to Gemoules for his part in helping him get to the interview.
Francella Jackson, who is assistant to Cahokia Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., later posted a photo of Gemoules to Facebook so she could thank him for his kindness and share his story with the community.
“On behalf of [the mayor], I would like to thank Officer Gemoules for showing compassion and being a great example of how community-oriented policing actually works,” wrote Jackson.
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