Let’s be clear that this guy should not be considered representative of either law enforcement or welfare recipients:
A Rhode Island deputy sheriff, who was praised as a hero in 2015 for saving the lives of two women, has been arrested for fraudulently collecting more than $12,000 worth of food stamps, according to the Rhode Island State Police.
Edward Cooper Jr., 49, of 78 Commodore St., Providence, obtained the food stamps while collecting a tax-free salary because of a job-related injury, the state police said.
It’s reasonable to suggest, though, that some people tend toward a mindset of taking what they can, or even of entitlement. It’s also reasonable to wonder whether government occupations and programs are an especial lure for such people.
The “I got mine” mindset isn’t a healthy one for the individual nor a just one for the community, so we should keep an eye out that we’re not creating incentives for it. Rhode Island clearly has such incentives.