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Homeless couple married by Minneapolis police officer now living as a family

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A homeless husband and wife who were able to get married thanks to a Minneapolis police officer are now able to live with their children in family housing.

The Minneapolis Police Department released video of the weekend reunion, where the couple's children got to meet the officer who made it all possible.

Sgt. Kate Blackwell met David Daughtery a few years ago when he helped her apprehend suspects who were stealing cellphones on Nicollet Mall.

So when Daughtery needed some help, Blackwell stepped up. He had been wanting to marry the love of his life, Jennifer Williams, for awhile, but the two kept being turned away from churches.

Blackwell offered to marry them, and last month the couple wed in Father Hennepin Park, WCCO reported.

The couple had been living in a tent, but now that they're married they were able to move into family housing and reunite with Jessica Daughtery's children, the police department says.

The kids begged to meet Blackwell, and this weekend they did. She signed a police car for one of the kids and gave them a tour of the squad car.

The couple is still waiting to move into more permanent housing and David Daughtery continues to look for a job, according to the video.

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