A Chicago pastor encountered police officers playing with neighborhood children Sunday, causing him to proclaim that “Today is a new day.”
“Tattoo” Tim Freeman was walking in the Lawndale section of Chicago Sunday when he and a colleague came upon police officers throwing a football with local children. Another officer was letting a child use the intercom on his squad car. “We really is having fun with the police,” 14-year-old Deondre Dorsey said for all to hear. Deondre said later in the video this was the first time in eight years his mother let him outside to play.
“Everybody says the police is bad. I don’t think so,” Freeman said in the video. The video Freeman posted of the encounter has gone viral.
“It’s nice to slow down, get out of our cars, talk to parents and kids. Lotta smart kids out here, good kids,” Officer Phil Strazzante, who let Deondre use the intercom, told Chicago ABC affiliate WLS. “Policing is more about really bonding with the community.”
“They care about us kids in this community right now,” added Deondre. Freeman shared the video on his Facebook page Sunday with the following message:
I challenge you to share this post. I witness police officers in our neighborhood playing with our children on grenshaw and Independence. Everytime I look on Facebook there are negative posts of police officers killing our kids or our kids killing one another. Today is a new day. police officers are taking time out of their daily plans to spend time with our children.
Something I’ve never seen our brothers do in the hood. People we have to step up and take charge of our actions all of police are not bad. Today a kid never stepped outside his house in 4 years until today. Lord I thank you that’s what’s up
h/t: IJ Review
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