Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was driving home from the gym Monday when an Indianapolis police officer flashed his lights and pulled over.
Just seen an Indy police officer pull over. Go into his trunk n give a homeless guy a pair of shiny boots. #COPS”
The officer pulled a pair of boots out of his cruiser and handed them to a homeless man holding a sign at the side of the road, Hibbert told BuzzFeed News.
The homeless man shook his head in disbelief and appeared to thank the officer, Hibbert said.
“He just walked back into his car and drove away,” Hibbert said.
The officer couldn’t have known the NBA center was just a few cars away and would share the encounter to his 180,000 Instagram followers. The Pacers have also reached out to the police department to try to identify the officer; Hibbert said he’d like to give him a few tickets to show his appreciation.
At a time when the excessive force of some officers has caught headlines, Hibbert said he wanted to bring attention to the acts of good that aren’t as visible.
“Not all police officers are what you hear about in Ferguson,” he said. “This type of stuff you don’t hear about too often.”