Teens handcuffed by cops for selling water on National Mall get job offers
A little compassion goes a long way, and when Raymond Bell, the founder and administrator of the H.O.P.E. Project saw that two young teens were handcuffed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for selling water without a permit, he saw two hardworking young people that he wanted to help.
“I’m an entrepreneur myself and I love seeing young people having an interest in working for themselves,” Bell told WJLA.
Undercover @usparkpolicepio handcuffing kids on @NationalMallNPS for selling water. pic.twitter.com/7iSqP4UYMq
— Tim Krepp (@timkrepp) June 22, 2017
H.O.P.E. stands for Helping Other People Excel, and Bell certainly hopes to help the two teens do just that.
“We hope to be bringing them on board as iPhone screen replacement technicians here at H.O.P.E. Project,” Bell said of the two 17-year-olds.
The story of the two boys captured national attention after images of them and two other individuals in handcuffs, all for selling water on the mall without a permit, were circulated around social media.
The incident so upset the public that City Council Member Charles Allen wrote a letter to U.S. Park Police Chief Robert MacLean demanding answers.
In the end, the teens were released to the custody of their legal guardians. And at least the horrific actions had some positive outcome.
“I just want to thank the guy who took the picture, but without him, none of these opportunities would have been possible,” Nolan told the news station.