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Instead Of Charging Him For Shoplifting, Officer Helps Single Dad Feed His Baby

Posted by Jessica Carmichael | Feb 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

Instead Of Charging Him For Shoplifting, Officer Helps Single Dad Feed His Baby

HUFFINGTON POST

By Ryan Grenoble

Superman has a cape, Spider-Man his webs, and Justin Roby has ... baby formula.Roby, an officer with the London Police Department in Kentucky, responded to a routine call for shoplifting on Saturday, Jan. 17, but couldn't bear to put the suspect in handcuffs. He ended up helping him instead.According to the Sentinel-Echo, the man was accused of taking only one thing: baby formula, which he needed to feed his 6-month-old son. In light of the circumstances, the store opted not to press charges. Roby also declined to push the matter further."Me citing him for court wouldn't have done any good for him," Roby told WKYT, explaining what he did next. "He's already short on money, can't afford formula, so me making him appear in court, he's still not going to have any food for that baby.Instead of handcuffs, Roby bought the "speechless" single father several cans of formula, an act of kindness he told LEX18 isn't really a big deal."You see your son or your daughter in that little carrier," Roby told the station. "And you think what would you want somebody to do for your son or your daughter?""Behind the uniform, I'm a human being and I'm a person out in this community just like any of them. I have a little boy. I'm a father just like that gentleman was," Roby added to WKYT. "We're not these robots ... There's a human behind the badge."

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Jessica Carmichael

Ms. Carmichael was named one of the "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2015 and 2016, and "Top 10 Under 40 by National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2015, and a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2016. Ms. Carmichael has been responsible for dismissals, acquittals, or reduced charges in many serious cases where her clients were unjustly charged, such as: felony strangulation, cyber attacks, arson, possession with intent to distribute, federal drug conspiracies, domestic assault, and more.

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