POSTED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 10:34am
HOUSTON, TX (KTRK-CNN) — Dash-cam video of a Texas police officer stopping to toss a football with a boy he didn't know has gone viral.
One Texas officer's act of kindness has melted hearts around the world.
On dash-cam videos, we usually see police chases and general mayhem, which makes this dash-cam video remarkable and unforgettable.
Saturday afternoon, Rosenberg police sergeant Ariel Soltura was on patrol, driving through an apartment complex parking lot when he saw a young man. He slowed down.
“I saw he was throwing up a football, and I could tell that he was actually playing by himself. He wasn't just waiting for more kids to arrive,” said Soltura.
Soltura could have continued driving. Instead he stopped. When Soltura got out of the car, he motioned for the boy to throw him the ball.
“At that time you just saw his face just light up, and he was ready to play.”
And so they did--two men, as Soltura says, playing football on a perfect day.
Rosenberg PD posted it on Facebook. Hours later, it had about a quarter million likes.
“Truth be told,” Soltura says, “it's part of the department's emphasis on community policing - not as adversaries, but as neighbors. It's important because we all live in this world together. We all make an impact in this world and I think it's important that we all put in our little bit and make it a better place. If we see a kid kicking the can they want us to go out there and replace that can with a ball and therefore, at that moment, we've made an impact on these kids’ futures for the rest of their lives.”