Camera Catches On-Duty Cop's Unusual Encounter With Little Boy (VIDEO)

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footballPolice can be intimidating, especially for little kids who don't know what to make of that big guy (or girl) with the shiny badge and the gun on his hip. But in a sweet reminder that cops are regular people too, the latest viral video to come out of a police cruiser dashboard camera doesn't show some police beatdown. The Rosenberg (Texas) Police Department dashcam captured a police officer who took a few minutes out of his day ... to play catch with a lonely kid! Say it with me now ... aww!

The way the story goes, Sgt. Ariel Soltura noticed a bunch of kids playing and then one 10-year-old boy standing all alone, playing with a football.  

Sgt. Soltura stepped out of his vehicle and ended up throwing the ball back and forth with 10-year-old Jermaine Ford for more than two minutes. His department shared the video on its Facebook page, and well, once you see it, you'll understand why it's been shared like crazy:

 

Are you crying a little? Come on, you can admit it!

When GMA caught up with Jermaine, the child admitted he was first confused why the officer had approached him. He thought he'd done something wrong!

Typical kid, huh? Remember back when you were his age? When a strange adult came up to you, especially one in uniform, you were all, "The pencil was just lying there, man, I didn't steal it!" Even straight arrow, never even put bubblegum under the seat kids get a little nervous with strange authority figures.

Which is why it's doubly important for people like Sgt. Soltura to surprise kids and show them that not every adult out there is going to play the heavy. Some of us big, scary tall folks really do take an interest in kids ... and in being KIND to them!

So next time you see a kid standing alone, looking like they could use a friend, maybe you'll take a page out of Sgt. Soltura's book and throw the pigskin around ... just for a few minutes?

What would you have thought if this cop had done this with your kid?

 

Image via Elvert Barnes/Flickr

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ncchicky ncchicky

That is so sweet!  How wonderful of him to do that.  The kids looked like he was having a blast


 

MomoJL MomoJL

Aww that is so nice, and will probably alter that boys perception of cops forever. Good man.

Gypsy... GypsyMa76

Excellent, just excellent ❤️


 

Renee Hernandez Maples

That's really sweet. I wish more people, not just cops, would take time out of their day, to make someone else's.
Yesterday, my kids were riding their bikes up and down the street, when my 7yr old fell down. Well, in all honesty, I did the dumbass thing of leaving my glasses in the house. I could see the kids, but not detailed, ya kow? So I didn't see her fall, but some neighbor that I have never met did. He went and helped her up, and signaled for me to come over when I looked over to check on them.
It was a little thing, but it mattered a lot to a crying little girl, and her mommy 

Colleen Newell

Umm, not to sound like the odd ball here... This was a very cute video.. But no, if my child is standing along, I don't want just any random stranger to stop and play with him or her. This cop was very sweet, But I would never encourage my child to play with a grown up stranger. 

aasmi... aasmith88

Colleen... I agree... Maybe it was a not so good neighborhood where parents really aren't around? Or maybe a neighborhood cop that is well known.. We have a cop that drives our neighborhood and (I wouldn't leave my dd alone..) if he were to stop to play with a child out in the open I wouldn't be alarmed.. 

Crazy... Crazymonkey68

I think safety is our first concern but in this case it was just wonderful what that cop did. Instead of bust & neglect. It was serve & protect!

Crazy... Crazymonkey68

I think safety is our first concern but in this case it was just wonderful what that cop did. Instead of bust & neglect. It was serve & protect!

nonmember avatar lilkunta

This was staged. Look closer.
I dont see a group of boys playing football excluding Jermaine.

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