When Kansas City, Missouri, Police Officer Todd Templeton’s police cruiser pulled over upon seeing three kids playing basketball in a local neighborhood, he had no idea that someone with a camera would capture what he did next. But that’s exactly what happened this week.
In a time when video cameras easily highlight questionable actions by law enforcement officers, what Templeton and two of his colleagues did with the three neighborhood kids shows not all videos involving cops go viral for bad reasons.
See, Templeton and two other officers decided that they would get in on the hoops action, and decided to play 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,” Locklidge told KMBC-TV. “Ain’t seen too many police officers do this.”
Templeton told the outlet he wants introduce local kids to good interactions with police instead of bad ones.
“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.”
As for the kids, one of which was 11-year-old Clark Woods, it seems Templeton’s goal is working.
“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.
You can watch what Loocklidge caught on camera below:
This isn’t the first time TheBlaze has highlighted such actions by officers. A similar story about a cop stopping to play catch with a child in January garnered over 84,000 shares.