KC police officers take a break, play basketball with kids who compare them to NBA players

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man identified on facebook as a teacher of special education at J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City, Kan., posted a video to his page of police officers playing basketball with kids.

It happened in Kansas City, Mo. It had been shared almost 1,000 times by Thursday afternoon.

Samuel Krazy-sam Lockridge said “S/o (shout-out) to kcmopd for taking time out to block off the street and play ball wit the kids.”

People posted comments in praise of the police.

“that pretty cool… they might just make me change my mind about our police department,” said one woman.

“that really touched me i never see sh*t like that now a day i loved it tho,” said another.

“Hats off to KCPD !!!” said one man.

FOX 4′s Sean McDowell spoke to the officers seen in the clip. They say they play ball often with the kids and not for publicity.

“There have been several times we’ve stopped to play basketball with them, throwing the football around and stuff like that,” said Officer Todd Templeton.

He, along with officers Tanner Moats and William Hooley said taking 30 minutes to play isn’t that rare; it just happened to be captured on camera this time.

Even though they may not think it’s a big deal, the kids and neighbors appreciated it.

“It was a good experience. It was like playing with NBA players,” said Clark Woods, 11.

Officer Templeton enjoyed that comment, but had to laugh.

“I’m not LeBron or anyone like that,” he said.

If you have Facebook, watch the video here: