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Taylor Michigan police pass out $10,000 worth of gifts from ‘Santa’

“We’re just Santa’s elves making the deliveries,” Taylor Police Chief John Blair said.

The “Santa” he was referring to was an anonymous donor who gave $10,000 to the police department to pass out to needy families as they saw fit.

Some of that money went to buying gifts for six families in the community, the rest was split up and given out at random during “spirit of Christmas” stops starting Dec. 20.

The stops, which saw a police officer give $100 or more to people at their discretion started about 10 a.m. Dec. 20 and continued through the rest of the week.

Officers went to different parts of the city, and on different shifts to make sure the Christmas cheer was spread around.

Reactions to the stops were split, while all of the drivers were happy in the end, some had to be convinced they were doing something worth being pulled over for in the first place.

At least one officer received a kiss on the lips, as the woman he had stopped tried to peck him on the cheek and missed and got him in the lips.

Another woman, stopped by Cpl. Matthew Minard, refused the $100 gift, instead asking him to find a more needy family and give it to them instead.

Maria Kokay said her family was in need last year, but was doing well this year and she would feel better knowing someone who might need it more got it.

“I want to be kind-hearted,” she said. “I can always use $100. It’s awesome that you guy’s do this. But I’m sure a family somewhere else can use it more.”

Blair said the event, which has become yearly, brings Christmas cheer to residents. The same anonymous donor has given the department money for three straight years.

“We’re going to be in the neighborhoods looking for people who can use the help,” he said. “Anyone who looks likes they need some holiday cheer.”

The department created a fake citation, saying residents were in violation of Christmas spirit, all so they could push the surprise a little further. Paper clipped to each violation though was a crisp $100 bill, or more depending on the situation.

“It’s great to be able to do this once a year,” Minard, an 18-year veteran of the force, said. “I stop people and give tickets all day. It’s nice to be able to bring them something good once in a while.”


Meet Officer Dominick Izzo- A Officer Making A Difference.

Cops Caught On Video is NOT just about exposing bad officers, we also post stories about police officers who are everyday heroes. We truly understand that being a law enforcement officer in today’s world is no small task, inner city officers in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, New Orleans etc face the worst of the worst on a daily basis and only a properly trained officer with the right mindset can withstand the daily pressures of being a Law Enforcement Officer.

Often grossly underpaid (Detroit Police Officers pay can be as low as $15.50 a hour) police officers often face critical split second decisions that can be the difference between life and death. Cops Caught ON video has been preaching for years that officers need better training, higher pay but the trade off must be true accountability and transparency.  We would much rather post good stories then some of the horrible stories we feel we need to expose.

We did a story last year about Officer Nick Novello who serves in the Dallas Police Department, and has for 34 years, Officer Novello accuses that the Dallas P.D. wrongly arrest blacks to fill quotas and warns the national guard may be used in the future.  We applauded Officer Novello for the courage to stand up and try to stop this alleged practice.

Now Officer Dominick Izzo is another respected officer who is able to see things from a civilians point of view.  As we know many of the laws today’s officers are expected to enforce are draconian and no longer serves a purpose other then to tie up courts, make criminals or jail people for small amounts of Marijuana which turns a otherwise law abiding citizen into a criminal with a record that directly affects their ability to get gainful employment to support their families.  The new gallup pole shows Americans support for total legalization for Marijuana is now 61%,  27 states is now medically legal yet despite the will of Americans to end this failed Marijuana policy the war continues.

Officer Izzo has spoken out against this policy stating it serves no purpose and has caught a lot of criticism for speaking out against the issues facing Law Enforcement Officers today.  He is speaking out about  issues that officers face when having to decide to try to right a wrong, Officers Izzo admits that officers are afraid to speak out due to the retaliation that awaits those that dare buck the thin blue line.  These are just a few things Officer Izzo addresses and we could not be happier that Officer Izzo is making a difference for both the citizens of this great country and his fellow officers which is obvious he cares enough about them to help them even if Officer Izzo is no longer a law enforcement officer.

Officer Izzo is offering candid advice for both the citizens of this country and police brass to bridge some of the issues we face in regards to community outreach.  We have reached out to Officer Izzo and he welcomes us to help him to make a difference.  We would like to thank Officer Izzo for his continued commitment in helping his fellow officers and try to mend fences with common sense approach to being a officer in 2017.  We have posted a few videos of Officer Izzo so you can understand what this officer is all about. We hope to work with Officer Izzo in the future and bring you stories of the progress we hope to see with some of the issues we often refer to in our post.


Farmington Hills police replace bike stolen from 13-year-old

Good police work took on an extra special meaning Friday for a Farmington Hills boy, whose bicycle was recently stolen.

Erik Saperstein, 13, thought he was going to answer more questions about the theft of his mountain bike – which he had paid for himself with money earned from umpiring baseball games – when Detective Dave Newcomb called him down to the police station.

Instead, he was surprised with a brand new Trek bike to replace the one stolen, courtesy of the Farmington Hills Police Department.

“I like it,” grinned Erik, moments after being presented the bike — purchased with money donated by Farmington Hills police officers and their unions. “Thank you so much.”

Newcomb’s heartstrings were tugged when Erik’s case landed on his desk about a month ago. The boy was doing yard work with his grandpa in his backyard when a thief snatched his bike from the garage, at around 8 p.m. on June 15.

“Somebody just came by and stole it,” Newcomb said. “It wasn’t like he was being irresponsible. Someone just walked by and took it.”

It was a pretty nice bike too — retailing for about $360, which required quite a bit of saving up for, especially for a 13-year-old. So Newcomb got the ball rolling to get donations from the police department to buy Erik another, and then called the American Cycle and Fitness store in Walled Lake where the first bike had been purchased. Owners Ken Stonehouse and Michael Reuter fixed them right up, selling it for cost and even throwing in a kickstand, helmet and lock.

“It just made sense to help,” Stonehouse said.

Officer Brian Harbaugh said getting Erik new wheels was a nice way to demonstrate that “police are part of the community, just like he is. We’re all looking out for each other, helping each other out.”

It was also an opportunity to recognize Erik’s efforts to earn enough money for the bike in the first place, he added.

“Here you have a kid who saves up to buy the bike and some jerk steals it from him…we appreciate him working hard and saving for it – like we used to do,” Harbaugh said. “And it makes you feel good (to replace the bike), like you are really giving back to the community.”

Erik said he was “really surprised” to have his bicycle stolen. “I never thought it would happen to me. I guess you never know,” he said.

His mom, Monica Cardenas, had the same reaction. “I was in disbelief. He was doing family chores, being responsible. I just couldn’t believe it,” she said.

Cardenas said Newcomb told her last week about the new bike, which brought her to tears. “And it really helps Erik understand that while there are bad people in the world, there is so much good in this community that he can overcome it.”

Erik said he’s learned a bit more from the experience, too. “Never put a bike in a place where someone can take it,” he said, “and always keep it secure.”