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Fla. Police Officer Buys Homeless Man Shoes

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File photo of a homeless man. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

File photo of a homeless man. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — After a homeless man’s shoes were stolen, a South Florida police officer decided he’d do something about it: buy the man a new pair.

A Fort Lauderdale Police Department report says that 36-year-old Brian Espeut told Officer Rolando Rivera earlier this month that someone had stolen his shoes while he slept at a Fort Lauderdale park. While Rivera filled out the paperwork, Espeut disappeared and Rivera said he went home after his off-duty detail ended.

But Rivera says he was concerned about Espeut so he came back to the park and found him. The officer then went to a store and bought Espeut a pair of work boots and pack of tube socks.

Rivera says he felt the unusual police action was justified because Espeut was vulnerable.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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