Things could have turned ugly if it weren't for these three gentlemen who responded to the complaint.
It seems like people will go to any extent to cause trouble and inconvenience to Black people, irrespective of their age. Recently, a neighbor called the cops on a bunch of Black kids playing football in the streets of Ohio, according to News 10. However, the cops who arrived at the scene responded quite surprisingly as they joined the kids to play football with them. Wendy Brown says someone called the cops on her kids for something as harmless as this. Brown said the children were “just playing” Saturday in Shaker Heights, Ohio, when police were called. “We encourage them to go outside and just be kids, so they were just playing football out in the street like they do any other time,” Brown said.
“I don’t know the cop’s name, but he came to me and said, ‘I don’t know who would do it, but someone called police on the kids, they said they were playing in the street so we came by.’ And he said, ‘We used to play in the street as kids.'” Brown captured videos of the heartwarming response by the cops as they joined the kids for a game of Football. “If we didn’t have the three gentlemen that came over to check on them, it could’ve gone way worse,” she said. There have been way too many cases of white people calling the cops on Black people unreasonably, and when the cops turn up, they use their white privilege to pretend like they were the victim when it was exactly the opposite.
That’s what I’m talking about!!!! Struggling with the cops lately but this story helps heal the heart. There’s good and bad everywhere on earth. Just pray— bill (@bill83856830) June 24, 2020
Joe DiLillo has been with the Ohio police department for over 15 years. Though he was not one of the cops who responded on Saturday, he says the kids in the city know him as Officer Joe and he sometimes does join them for a game of basketball or football. “I’ve never punched anybody, kicked anybody, stabbed anybody, shot anybody. Most officers go their entire careers without doing so,” DiLillo said. “They recognized me, I recognized them and they asked me to come out of the car and talk with them a little bit, rub elbows, and then join them in a game of basketball, which I was happy to do.”
Love this!!! The people who called the cops on these innocent kids needs to go to jail ASAP! That’s a domestic terrorist right there.— Harvey Tejada (@frenchpresspapi) June 24, 2020
DiLillo also added more positive images are needed, now more than ever. “Nobody hates bad cops more than good cops, and it’s unfortunate because there are so many hardworking police officers in this country who go to work every day and want to do good,” DiLillo said. Becky Fante commented on Facebook: My goodness when we were growing up that was the thing to do. Kick ball in the streets, hide and seek through the whole block and no one really cared if you were in their yard. Just had to be home when street lights came on. What a childhood!!! If our kids could go back to that without being bothered that would be great. Laura EagleBoy shared: and THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is how you build relations with the community. great job, officers!