Internet Raises Money For Hotdog Vendor

If you place your woes on social media, chances are the Internet community will reach out to you. It helped this high school student reclaim her stolen college money. It even helped this young deaf boy purchase hearing aids for those in need. When the Internet heard about a cop confiscating $60 from an unlicensed hotdog vendor, they raised over $60,000 for the sausage aficionado.

“The funds raised will be utilized to cover legal and personal losses,” [witness Martin] Flores wrote on the GoFundMe page. “In addition, funds in excess are to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard earned living through citations and removal of their carts.”

While the UC Berkeley officer remains on the job, more than 35,000 people have signed a petition to have him removed from the force. The vendor’s lack of a sales permit apparently “justified” the seizure of earnings.

Some authority figures will inevitably continue to abuse their power. But it sure is nice to know that we can count on our friends online to keep the peace.

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Cop Buys Clothes For Remorseful Shoplifter

Some people boast unbelievable generosity and an incredible sense of compassion for others in need. While the likes of Bill Gates have donated billions to charity, others do what they can, such as this mom who provided breastmilk for struggling parents. However, it takes a special kind of patience to demonstrate kindness towards delinquents — especially law-breaking ones. This Toronto cop did just that, purchasing clothes for a pentinent shoplifter.

The would-be thief had attempted to steal a long-sleeved shirt, a tie and a pair of socks, [said officer Jeyanesan], adding such items are not common targets for shoplifters.

Jeyanesan said the teen had secured a job interview for a “service industry position,” but did not have professional-looking clothes to wear.

The 18-year-old claimed he needed to support his family financially after his father had fallen ill. Jeyanesan then decided to cover the $40 purchase and the teen was released without any charges.

“He understood the importance of what happened, that this could easily be seen as a crossroads in this young man’s life, and took the very commendable decision to assist in the way he did,”

Personally nowhere near as forgiving, I’m certainly glad that people like Jeyanesan exist!

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Retired Troops Rescue Teen Trafficking Victims

More often than not, society can be grisly. Many will turn a blind eye — but staying silent is many a time just as dangerous as not knowing. It’s individuals like dentist Kenny Wilstead, who treated a domestic abuse victim free-of-charge, who are calling attention to everyday horrors. Now, in a very public campaign, U.S. Navy Seals and retired officers are banding together to put an end to human trafficking.

“It is partnerships such as this that play a significant role in law enforcement today, not only from a public safety standpoint but also as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who have been victimized,” wrote [Sheriff] Mike Williams.

The group, Saved In America, works within the system and employs volunteers. The foundation takes cases on missing juveniles, and rehabilitating those who are rescued.

“People don’t realize this is going on in their own backyards. This isn’t in some far away country with very poor people,” says Joshua Travers, Joseph’s son, a former U.S. Marine and SAIM’s case manager.

When high-profile cases are shelved, we often forget that, for many, the search isn’t over.

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Cops Help Teen Replace Stolen College Money

In the midst of an increasingly problematic society, there are a few hidden gems among the wreckage. Among them is 5-year-old Cassie Gee, who paints for charity. Another is Katryna Robinson, who donates hotel toiletries to the homeless. But police officers at El Segundo are the cherry on top after helping a high school teen crowdfund her stolen college money.

“We started talking and we said, ‘She’s a valedictorian, a really good kid, she’s done everything right in her life, why don’t we set up something so the El Segundo community can help her?’” said Officer Joe Cameron, union president.

Cops set up a GoFundMe page in an attempt to retrieve the $2,000 student Kristin Villanueva had saved. In just a few days, the page had pooled nearly $5,000. It’s an impressive feat, seeing as how the most successful GoFundMe campaigns are for dogs.

“From El Segundo employees to El Segundo residents, everyone pitched in. Community support like this is why I’m proud to be the president of this association and serve this amazing community.”

Villanueva’s newly-raised funds are going to cover her tuition for a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

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DNA Phenotyping Allows Cops To “See” Suspects

While sketch artists are vital in the world of crime-busting, witnesses may not always be the most accurate. After all, we don’t all have the best memory, especially in times of trauma. With this new technology, we may not be needing witnesses in the sketch room any longer. DNA phenotyping can determine a person’s characteristics, thus producing a fairly precise depiction of a suspect.

DNA phenotyping can fill in some physical traits. “Eye color, hair color, and skin color are all doable,”

Because the technology is still fairly new, those who use it can’t say it’s 100% reliable.

“Our knowledge about inherited diseases is currently more advanced than on how we look,”

While scientists have identified new genes for traits like hair texture, ear shape, hair loss, and height, translating these discoveries into reliable forensic tools remains a challenge.

Additionally, DNA cannot account for environmental factors that affect our appearance such as drinking or smoking. While phenotyping is not an exact science, it can at least provide investigators with strong resemblances. After all, a lead is better than nothing!

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