Dashcam Captures Police Officer Stopping to Play Catch with Boy

The policeman pulled over when he saw the youngster all alone.

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A Texas police officer made a young boy’s day by pulling over to toss around a football over the weekend.

Dashboard camera footage posted to the Rosenberg Police Department’s Facebook page Saturday shows Sgt. Ariel Soltura pulling over his police car and Jermaine Ford, 10, crossing the street as if he was trying to get out of the way.

“I thought I was in trouble and did something wrong,” Ford told ABC News.

Soon enough, he comes back into the frame and catches a football soaring towards him. Then the officer appears, and the game begins.

Soltura told KTRK that he hopes the spur-of-the-moment interaction will encourage other residents to view the police as friendly neighbors rather than enemies: “If we see a kid kicking the can, they want us to go out there and replace that can with a ball, and hopefully we’ve made an impact on these kids’ futures for the rest of their lives.”

12 comments
Openminded1
Openminded1

As a 30 year police veteran, i can tell you things like this happen all the time, but the media only shows the down side of police work and police officers. The negative stuff sells in the world of the media. a story like this should be happening more often.

JimLovell
JimLovell

that is a cop who knows his job.  cannot praise this guy enough...

AmericanMetis
AmericanMetis

Stop militarizing the Police and you stand a better chance of doing just that.

ShaneWortman
ShaneWortman

I love this story.  We should encourage all public officials to take an interest in the public.  We should expect our tax dollars to include at least one person paid to lighten the day of as many people they can during their 8 hour shift.  That indeed is good PR and could win the hearts and minds of our youth.


Gairzo
Gairzo

Yep,  I'm the first to criticize our militarized police forces--this was an perfect example of what "peace officers" should do...Great Job...

ronajrny
ronajrny

Thanks Officer. Good job.

I_think
I_think

Good PR well done officer.

ElizabethChubbuck
ElizabethChubbuck

@Gairzo Where is this STUPID idea of MILITARIZED police?? WTF does that even mean???? I have seen no change in any city or county police departments in my 45 years alive. 

blabadibbaba
blabadibbaba

@ElizabethChubbuck @AmericanMetis  Elizabeth your ignorance is priceless! I assume you don't read a lot so just search for "militarized police" on Google and take a look at the images. You're welcome.

blabadibbaba
blabadibbaba

@ElizabethChubbuck @Gairzo  Elizabeth your ignorance is priceless! I assume you don't read a lot so just search for "militarized police" on Google and take a look at the images. You're welcome.