Cop Stops Writing Panhandling Vagrant A Ticket, Orders Him Into Cruiser

Deputy Jacob Swalwell from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office in Hayward, California, encountered a familiar homeless man named Michael Myers panhandling at a freeway off-ramp. Initially intending to issue a ticket, Swalwell learned that Mick, as he goes by, was a disabled former truck driver who relied on panhandling to survive. Swalwell realized that a citation wouldn't help Mick and asked him what it would take to get him off the streets. Mick revealed that he needed a state-issued ID to access government benefits but didn't have one.

Swalwell took Mick to the DMV to obtain an ID, but they discovered that Mick wasn't in the system since he hadn't had an ID for years. Undeterred, Swalwell obtained a letter from a church to prove Mick's residency and obtained his birth certificate from Highland Hospital, revealing his first name as Gordon. Despite facing several obstacles, including three trips to the DMV, Mick finally received a Senior Citizen ID.

A photo of Mick proudly displaying his new ID alongside Deputy Swalwell went viral on Facebook, highlighting Swalwell's determination and kindness. The incident taught Swalwell the importance of getting to know people better, and the Sheriff's Office plans to incorporate this lesson into their training. Mick's story serves as inspiration for others to treat individuals with kindness and make a positive impact in their lives.

Mick is now one step closer to receiving the social security benefits he deserves after dedicating years of work to truck driving. Swalwell's compassionate actions have not only helped Mick but also set an example for other officers to go above and beyond in their interactions with those in need. A simple gesture of treating someone like a friend can truly make a difference in their life.

news flash