Photo of New York Police Officer Giving Boots to a Homeless Man-Truth!


Summary of eRumor:


This is a photo that went viral on the popular network site, Facebook, showing a New York police officer giving boots and socks to a barefoot homeless man.

The Truth:

The photo is real according to a November 28, 2012 article in the New York Times.

The article said that “Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man. The officer disappeared for a moment, then returned with a new pair of boots, and knelt to help the man put them on.”

The photo was taken by a tourist, Jennifer Foster, from the state of Arizona with a cell phone camera, which she later posted to the New York Police Department fan page on Facebook.

Updated 11/29/12

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