"Dirty cops" go above call of duty to help elderly woman
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WEAR) —
Nestled in between U.S. Route 31 and State Route 59 is the city of Bay Minette, Alabama. Its population is roughly 8,000 and it is also the seat of Baldwin County. However, lately it is better known for its "dirty police" following a Facebook post.
"I just came home and I see some dirty Bay Minette cops," the man in the video said.
That man is Willie Walker. He shot it on Friday after returning to his home on Morgan Circle and as of Tuesday it has more than 400,000 views. The four minute long "rant" about "dirty cops" is in reference to the actions of four Bay Minette Police officers in his elderly neighbor's yard.
"There some dirty officers around here," Walker said in the video.
Walker references the "dirty police officers" for a minute and a half before revealing why he is calling them that name. He flips the camera view and several officers are seen doing some sort of work in the distance.
"Look at this, those dirty officers are out there cutting this lady's grass," Walker said in the video.
Turns out, Walker meant the officers were physically dirty.
"I mean they got dust, grime all over them because they're cutting her grass," Walker said in the video.
In the video an officer is seen pushing a lawn mower in full uniform in nearly 90 degree heat. Walker calls on the police chief to take notice.
"Initially, I thought, 'Oh my God, what happened,'" Bay Minette Police Chief Clarence Crook said.
After watching the full video, Crook is not only relieved, but very proud. He tells us that the yard work was not planned at all. Crook said it started when Corporal Jamie McClung was patrolling and saw an elderly woman trying to clean up her yard after the heavy rains. He jumped into help and did as officers do, called for backup. Officers Marcus Sledge and Jesse Baggett and Sergeant Rene' Peebles came to assist.
"I have some good officers here," Crook said.
Walker agrees. As a corrections officer himself at the Baldwin County Jail, he often sees those same officers in passing. However, he never has seen them do yard work in full uniform. Walker said he wanted to share the good deed with social media.
"Everywhere I go now, I've had people coming up to me, I have no idea who they are, shaking my hand, 'how you doing Mr. Walker, thank you for the video,'" Walker said.
He never imagined it would go viral, but is glad the officers are getting the recognition they deserve.