Bodycam Footage Shows Knoxville Police Officer Helping Woman in Need

Bodycam footage released by police in Tennessee shows an officer lending a helping hand to a homeless woman on March 19.

This footage from the Knoxville Police Department, shows the woman talking to officer Luis Sanchez in a parking lot. The woman proceeds to explain that her partner is in the hospital and now she is feeling ill.

Sanchez offers to help her, asking: “What do you need right now?”

“Really I need a jacket,” the woman responds.

The video then shows Sanchez returning to hand the woman a puffer coat. “Thank you so, so much,” she says.

In a Facebook post the police department lauded Sanchez for “his compassion and this act of kindness.” Credit: Knoxville Police Department via Storyful

Video transcript


- You doing all right? I haven't seen you in a while, what you've been up to?

- It's cold.

- Huh?

- It's cold.

- It's cold?

- It's cold, [INAUDIBLE].

- Are you OK?


- OK. Are you OK?

- Yeah, I've been [INAUDIBLE] stuff.

- OK.


- I'll be here tomorrow, probably.

- Are you all right?

- Uh, the staff's had a copy of my insurance card. I've got to take how much I paid.

- OK.

- I just sore-- I have a sore throat. I'm sick.

- OK.

- I've got to go.

- All right.

- I get paid tomorrow, so I'm going to get a room because I'm, like, a little bit sick.

- OK.

- And--

- Are you on anything right now?

- Uh, uh, no, I'm not. I'm just freezing like, I feel like--

- Yeah, I can tell.

- Yeah.

- Where's your other half?

- He's in the hospital with--

- He's still in the hospital?

- Yeah. These are getting uncomfortable because I have--

- What do you need right now?

- Really, a jacket.

- You need a jacket.

- So I'm getting-- she said she's waiting to get something in.

- What size are you?

- I'm about small.

- You're a small?

- Yeah.

- OK.

- Because I've got two-- two shirts, so here are two pairs of pants, two socks, two gloves, and I'm still cold.

- OK. Are you going to be at the Kroger?

- Huh?

- Are you going to be at the Kroger?

- Yeah, I'm going to [INAUDIBLE].

- OK, I'll see-- I'll see if I can go find something, all right?

- OK, because it's cheaper [INAUDIBLE].

- OK, I've got you. I'll see you down there.

- They put me on [INAUDIBLE] for no trespassing it, that's the most I've been in trouble.

- OK. All right. I'll see you over there at the Kroger. OK, I'll go find you something.

- OK.



It's the only thing I could find you, OK.

- Thank you so-- and my favorite color.

- There you go.

- Thank you so, so much.

- All right, you need anything else?

- No, I'm good.

- All right. Yes, ma'am, no worries. I'll see you next time, OK.

- OK, great.