How a photo spread of NYPD officer helping homeless man

During a visit to New York’s Times Square this week, tourist Jennifer Foster snapped a cell phone photo of a police officer helping a homeless man. That photo became a story that unfolded for me like this.

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    Jeffrey Hillman, Barefoot Homeless Man Given Boots By NYPD Cop, Isn’t Actually Homeless

    It turns out the homeless, barefoot man who captured the hearts of thousands isn’t actually homeless. Jeffrey Hillman, the recipient of a pair of boots given by a good samaritan New York City police officer, has an apartment in the Bronx, officials told the New York Daily News.

    According to the Daily News, the 54-year-old Hillman lived in transitional housing sites called “Safe Havens,” from 2009 until 2011. He then secured his current apartment through a Department of Veterans Affairs program that helps homeless vets. Barbara Brancaccio, a spokeswoman for the city agency, told the Daily News that outreach services continue to try and help Hillman, but he “has a history of turning down services.”

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  • http://profiles.google.com/danbloom Dan Bloom

    the big question is DID JENNIFER FOSTER SET UP THAT PHOTO as a PR stunt in cahoots with NYPD PR dept? yES OR NO? The 3rd count em 123 NYT piece this time goes to Hillman the con man and they quote him as saying after the reporter asks where the shoes are that the officer gave him “Those shoes are hidden. They are worht a lot of money. I could lose my life.” Obviosuly, the man is mentally unhealthy and needs help. Not interviewing by the Times. More to the point of NEXT JOURNALISM, the NYT needs to ask the so called Arizon “tourist” and i put the the word tourist in CAVEAT QUOTEs there becauyse as a PR officer for the Pinal COunty Po0lice dept in Arizon she was more than just a mere Tourist in NYC. Was she attending a PR event that week? In cahoots with NYPD PR people? someone needs to ask her and ask her fast. This story has spiralled out of control, and it neve3r should have been a story at all. It was never fact checked or vettted. The Times and the WSJ have scrambled egg on their collective face. Verify, then trust. Verify, then print. This story is a mess.

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    This story has legs. Developing. Turns out the beggarman is a scam artist and does this every night 24/7 controlled by gangs. He sold the shoes ten minutes later for cash. This shoeless Joe scam goes on in over 25 USA cities. wake up gullible david goodman and WSJ and Bill Mitchell. The real world is not santa claus.

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    yes, it really happened the COP really bought boots and the PR lady
    reaslly took the phoot. but the beggar man does this every night, then
    sells the shoes, and the cop likely knows this…. DEVELIPING
    sources unmasked the homeless man as 54-year-old Jeffery Hillman, a
    petty criminal who has been arrested nearly a dozen times since 1983.
    Most of his 11 collars are for drug possession, but others include
    criminal mischief and public lewdness.
    A police source said Hillman is often seen strolling barefoot in the
    area and suspect it’s part of a scam to squeeze donations from
    tourists. Hillman, who last lived in a Harlem YMCA in April, could not
    be reached Friday for comment.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/shoe-giving-shares-lifetime-moment-article-1.1211335#ixzz2DrigI8kt

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    Bill, great explain and pics, BUT you did not ask the factchecking question that many reporters and readers are also asking today: is this a real story? Not a hoax, no, but what exactly was really going on? Even Goodman is following up on his original story and set to do a follow soon. For now, though, ask yourself: was this too good to be true? If so. it probably aint the story it was sold to be. To wit: my questions from afar:

    http://plogspot101.blogspot.tw/2012/11/was-that-viral-photo-of-officer-deprimo.html

    Was that viral photo of Officer DePrimo buying boots for a homeless man a candid photo or a faked set up photo taken by a Arizona tourist who told the NYT that she just happened to have had a cop father who did the same thing long ago and the sight of the NYC cop doing this touched her heart. She just happens to work for a cop shop in Arizona too as a PR person. Coincidence? Or a real raw candid photo? COMMENTS? I hope I am wrong, but others have also said the same QUESTION. Just a question, not attacking anyone!
    Was that viral photo of Officer DePrimo buying boots for a homeless man a candid photo or a faked set up photo taken by a Arizona tourist who told the NYT that she just happened to have had a cop father who did the same thing long ago and the sight of the NYC cop doing this touched her heart. And out of 14 million people in NYC as a tourist she just happens to be a the right place at the right time to snap that photo??????re 8 MEDIA HOAXES THIS YEAR: and another one?
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