Gainesville police officer plays basketball with kids after getting call that they're too loud

- The Gainesville Police Department got a call from someone about kids playing basketball too loudly in the streets recently and released video of what happened during the call.

Officer White was the police officer dispatched to the call. "You believe someone's calling to complain about kids playing basketball in the street?" he asked a boy holding a basketball when he arrived. "I don't know who called, but obviously, I ain't got no problem with it," said Officer White as he grabs the basketball and takes a shot (and misses.) "That's a nice hoop," Officer White says.

Minutes later, more kids come out. "Oh no, now you brought back up," he says. And more kids join in, and after a few minutes, even more.

After playing basketball for a little while with the kids, Officer White says he has to go, and he asks them not to be too loud and tells them to have fun. But before he leaves, he says he'll be back with backup to get another game going the next day.

"We're going to let kids be kids," said Gainesville police in their video that's been shared thousands of times. "We're going to focus on the ones that commit crimes," they said.


Officer White was recently dispatched to a call of kids playing basketball "loudly" in the streets. In the evening. Having fun. Not committing crimes. Let's see how he handled it. #HoopsNotCrime

Posted by Gainesville Police Department on Thursday, January 21, 2016
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