Many, many years ago when I was a little boy I would play in the street. The most popular games were stickball and punch ball. Sometimes the cops would watch us for a bit and then ride away on their horses. There wasn’t any animosity – knew each other and the comfort level was high. Years passed and departments modernized and the horses gave way to patrol by car. Distrust grew in the community and the local kids would sometimes do something stupid and it would cost them their lives. The cops became paranoid and trigger happy. So, it is nice to read an article about a policeman and residents getting along, neither fearful of the other.
“One Buffalo cop is being praised because he joined a group of African American teens playing football instead of shooting them.
After a noise nuisance call came in about kids playing ball in the streets, police Officer Patrick McDonald walked from his car immediately asking the kids “Where are we lining up?”
Videos of the game are going viral, especially the video that shows his response after makeing an excellent catch, NYUp.com shared.
“Do you guys want me to file a police report, because you just got robbed?!” he said. The officer then pulled away in his cruiser.
Videos on Facebook have been shared over 1,000 times and celebrated by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown who called it “Community policing at its best.” http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/neighbor-calls-police-on-black-kids-playing-football-and-buffalo-cops-show-up-and-join-their-game/