The Los Lunas Police Department made sure lapel camera video of Officer Mark Gurule giving a homeless man some new shoes and $20 made it to the evening news.
The only way this could have made to the newscast would have been for officer Gurule to report it himself. Right? Maybe one of his colleagues reported the “good deed”, but in any event, this smacks of a region where police officers suffer from a low public image based on all the officer involved shootings making national headlines.
A true public servant would avoid all the self seeking attention and just quietly do his job without any self created fanfare. Perhaps Gurule is shooting for the Chief of Police position.
There are literally thousands of destitute, lazy homeless people in Albuquerque area and the officer’s staged assistance to one of the worthless vagabonds is meaningless and likely some sort of ploy to advance his own career. So what appeared to be an act of altruism is more likely to be selfish act advancing one’s own aims.
Forgive my cynicism, but in time where so many Oprah Winfrey like talk shows give away money to people who are just doing what they are supposed to do as a civic minded person, one has to doubt the sincerity of any “charitable action”.