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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A picture of a Cedar Rapids Police car parked in a handicapped spot is making rounds on social media.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department posted the picture on its Facebook page after someone took the picture and questioned why the officer parked there.

According to the police logs, a Cedar Rapids police officer was actually responding to a theft in progress at the Kum N Go on Mt. Vernon Road Friday.

"First thing that comes to mind looking at that picture is that I'd like to see the background and make sure there's not a donut shop in the area," said Raymond Cornell, who had his hip replaced. "Just like no one should be below the law, no one should be above the law."

However, not everyone agrees.

Al Carr has undergone two hip replacement surgeries and says police were simply doing their jobs, and responding quickly.

"It doesn't bother me," said Carr. "That car parked in handicapped, you don't know what the emergency is, [the officer] just parked where he could. It is what it is. They've got a job to do and they do their job."

On their Facebook page, the Cedar Rapids Police Department wanted to let the public know things are not always as they seem.

The post stated: "For obvious reasons we don't have time to search for an appropriate parking spot; [the officer] parked in the first available spot to respond quickly to the theft."

"I think if they were responding to an emergency, it called for them to park there," said Dee Sullivan. "I think there are a lot more things that people can get excited about than a policemen parking in a handicapped zone."

However, Cornell says police should've had emergency lights on while parked in that handicapped spot to indicate there was an emergency.

"Turn the flashers on, there's a switch right on the dash, what's that going to take, one fiftieth of a second," said Cornell.

Many people we spoke with tell us there are many other things people should be focused rather than worry about where an officer is parked, but Cornell thinks this issue is important.

"Right now in America, attitudes between the citizenry and the police is not at its best as everybody knows," said Cornell. "It's time for the police kind of bought into the lets improve everybody's attitude too. I don't care if it's Cedar Rapids or anywhere else, there's nobody special."

Police did arrest someone and charges have been filed.

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