When an Illinois police officer stopped a woman who had expired tags and learned what her living situation was, he knew what he had to do.
Officer Jonathan Mcleod pulled over a car for expired tags and knew when he approached the vehicle that something was different.
“I could tell they had either been living in the vehicle, or they go from place to place in the vehicle,” Mcleod told KTVU.
The routine traffic stop took place in a McDonald’s parking lot in Hayward.
“She gave me her license and she told me, ‘Hey my license is suspended right now. This is all I have, me and my children. We go from shelter to shelter,'” Mcleod recalled.
Rather than ticketing the mother or having her car towed, the officer asked the mother a simple question.
“I asked if the kids had eaten or anything, and she said no,” the officer said. “That’s when I said, ‘Hey we’re already here, let’s go inside and get you something to eat.'”
While inside the McDonald’s, Mcleod stood back because he didn’t want the mother to feel embarrassed. She offered some money to split the bill, but Mcleod refused.
Another customer saw what was happening and snapped a picture of the family in line ordering their food, says Mad World News.
McLeod said he was not going to tell anybody about what he did, because “it’s just something I just wanted to keep to myself.” However, the news got out when the man who took the picture sent a copy to the Hayward police.
McLeod says he hopes his actions will give people another perspective on police officers.
“Each person I make contact with, I at least want to leave them with the impression – ‘Wow, that officer with Hayward PD, Officer Mcleod, he was a great guy,'” he said.