Instead of fining an elderly woman for her tall grass or arresting her, a Minnesota cop used discretion and kindness and mowed it for her.
Orono, MN — In case after case, the Free Thought Project has reported on countless incidents of police officers responding to welfare checks and killing or maiming the innocent recipients in the process. We've also reported on multiple incidents of the American police state targeting elderly people who are unable to mow their grass. However, what makes this case out of Orono, Minn. so unique is that this same scenario started just like the aforementioned ones, but thanks to officer Matt Siltala, it ended in the exact opposite manner—with kindness, instead of extortion and violence.
Typically, when police officers carry out a welfare check, officer safety is paramount. Doors are kicked in, K-9s deployed, and often times, those who are in need of help, receive something far worse. But officer Siltala didn't do any of that during a welfare check last week and found that the woman in the home was just fine. However, she was unable to mow her grass.
Many people in Siltala's position would have issued the elderly woman a citation at this point and possibly gone even further. However, instead of ticketing the elderly woman for the tall grass, the officer then went above and beyond. He mowed it for her.
Siltala's partner, officer MCCoy snapped a photo of Siltala carrying out this act of kindness and it was posted to the department's Facebook page with the following caption.