Alabama Police Officers Apologize For Mocking Homeless People
The Mobile Police Department in Alabama has issued an apology after an image went viral showing two of its police officers boasting of all the homeless people they arrested, according to local NBC affiliate WPMI.
A Mobile Police spokesperson told the news outlet that the officers involved will face undisclosed corrective action.
The photo, which was posted to a private Facebook page, shows two uniformed officers holding up a “quilt” of signs they ostensibly confiscated from homeless people they arrested.
In response to the incident, Police Chief Lawrence Battiste released the following statement:
As a police department entrusted with serving and protecting our community, we offer our sincerest apology for the insensitive gesture of a Facebook post by two of our officers where they are holding up a homeless 'quilt' made of panhandling signs. Although we do not condone panhandling and must enforce the city ordinances that limit panhandling, it is never our intent or desire as a police department to make light of those who find themselves in a homeless state. Rather, our position has always been to partner with community service providers to help us help those faced with homelessness with hope to improve their quality of life.