Police 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?
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