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Watch: Policeman on patrol plays catch with boy

A police officer in Rosenburg, Texas, was patrolling a residential neighborhood in his cruiser on January 18, 2014, when he saw a lone boy with a football. So what did the officer do? He got out and played catch with the kid. This, all caught on dashcam and tweeted by Rosenburg police.

The officer in the video, Sgt. Ariel¬†Soltura of the Rosenburg Police Department,¬†later said at a press conference, “I saw he was throwing up a football, and I could tell he was playing by himself. He didn’t have anybody to play with. He wasn’t just waiting for more kids to arrive. I literally got out of the car. I did like this, which is the universal sign of ‘throw me the football,’ and at that time you just saw his face lit up, and he was ready to play. At that time, he and I both connected. We began to throw the football. You can see that I’m obviously trying to get him to go along, and so we’re just playing a game of catch, and it was awesome.” He reportedly called it Two men playing football on a perfect day.

The footage was posted to the Department’s twitter account and tweeted with, “While a 2 minute game of football might not mean anything, to some it could mean everything! #ReachThemBeforeTheWolvesDo.”

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