When Kansas City, Missouri, Police Officer Todd Templeton pulled over upon seeing three kids playing basketball in a local neighborhood, he had no idea that someone was filming him and would capture what happened next.
With so much in the news about police brutality and abuse, citizens, just like this one, are keeping their cellphones close for just this occasion.
See, Templeton and two other officers decide that they want to get in with the basketball game that was going on, and playing a little three-on-three with the kids. Samuel Lockridge was nearby with his video camera and captured it all.
“It was very special. That’s why I felt like it was important and I felt obligated to record it,” Lockridge told KMBC-TV. “Ain’t seen too many police officers do this.”
Templeton said that he wants to introduce local kids to good interactions with police instead of bad ones.
While the officers won’t be playing professional at any point in the future, they said this is the part of the job they enjoy the most.
“We’re doing it for the kids. We love the kids out here. We try to do our best interacting with the kids,” he told the station. “They see enough of the bad stuff that goes in the neighborhoods just like we do, and we need to get their mind off of that.”
One of the kids, 11-year-old Clark Woods, has aspirations to go pro and loves the friendly competition.
“It was a nice experience for me to play with the police because I like to play basketball a lot, so it would help me get to the NBA level because I have more experience,” he said.
The officers said they didn’t expect the level of publicity they’ve received after the pickup game, but they’re glad people realize that police do much more than write tickets and make arrests, or worse.
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