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Someone called police on kids playing football in the street. Instead of breaking it up, they joined in the game
It's an understatement to say there's a lot of distrust between police and the African American community right now. Amid all the strong feelings and angry words, this is the kind of story that gives you hope for healing and understanding.
In Shaker Heights, outside of Cleveland, OH a group of kids, mostly black, was playing football in the street over the weekend. No big deal until a neighbor called police to complain. A 9-1-1 call obtained by WOIO-TV shows the neighbor reported that the kids were in her way and she nearly hit one of them.
Police came to investigate. But instead of telling the kids to go home, the two officers joined in the game. Wendy Brown, mother of the pick-up-game quarterback, was rolling with her cellphone camera. She posted the video on her Instagram, where more than 20 thousand people have viewed it.
"We encourage them to go outside and just be kids, so they were just playing football out in the street like they do any other time," Brown told Fox8. "I don't know the cop's name, but he came to me and said 'I don't know who would do it, but someone called police on the kids, they said they were playing in the street so we came by.' And he said 'we used to play in the street as kids.'"
The two officers, going out for a pass, while the neighborhood kids cheer.Wendy Brown/Instagram
The kids' excitement and joy seeing two grown men tackle each other in the street is clear in the video. Police brass also thought it was a great moment of relationship-building when they wrote on Twitter "The only thing our officers enjoy more than hanging with the kids, is the chance to be kids themselves, even if for a moment!!"
We bet everyone headed home feeling good about the encounter, from the kids who got to hang out with a couple of cool guys, to the cops who got to leave the stress of their jobs behind for a few minutes.
Wendy Brown might have summed it up best when she wrote about the officers: "Thanks for letting the kids be kids."