Last week, we shared a dashcam video posted by the Gainesville Police Department which shows an officer responding to a noise complaint regarding several boys playing basketball on the street. The video went viral after the cop joined the kids in the game.
After spending several minutes playing with the boys, officer White encouraged them to “keep playing” and to “stay out of trouble.” He then sent a message to Gainesville residents who might be tempted to call police on ‘kids being kids’:
“This is how officer White is going to handle it. We’re going to let kids be kids. We are going to focus on the ones that commit crimes. #hoopsNotcrime.”
The officer also promised the boys that “he would return to play with them again,” and that he would bring backup next time. But the backup he ended up bringing along for the rematch surprised everyone – even Officer White! Take a look:
What an amazing gesture. Please SHARE if you believe this kind of interaction makes our communities stronger.