A young man man in Cahokia, Illinois, starts a new job this week and he has a police officer to thank for getting him to his interview.
Ka’Shawn Baldwin, 22, was pulled over last week by officer Roger Gemoules for expired plates. Baldwin also did not have a valid driver’s license.
But, he told Gemoules he had a job interview and didn’t have any other way of getting there.
Instead of giving him tickets, Gemoules drove him to his interview — and he got the job!
Francella Jackson, assistant to Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., posted the story to Facebook.
“On behalf of Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., I would like to thank Officer Gemoules for showing compassion and being a great example of how community oriented policing actually works,” Jackson wrote.
Gemoules said he could tell Baldwin really needed the job.
“He was polite when I pulled him over and he seemed like a good young man, so I wanted to give him a chance,” Gemoules told KSDK. “I knew if I gave him a bunch of tickets and towed his car, it would be tough to recover from.”
Baldwin’s new job is with Fedex as a package handler. This will be Baldwin’s second job in addition to the job he already has at a McDonald’s.