Gainesville, Florida cop joins basketball game after receiving noise complaint.

Watch Cop Respond to Noise Complaint of Kids Playing Basketball by Joining Game

Watch Cop Respond to Noise Complaint of Kids Playing Basketball by Joining Game

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Jan. 23 2016 10:11 AM

Watch Cop Respond to Noise Complaint of Kids Playing Basketball by Joining Game

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Officer Bobby White can dunk (after the rim is lowered) in this screenshot from the Jan. 15, 2016, video posted on social media by the Gainesville Police Department.

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A police officer in Gainesville, Florida, responding to a call from someone complaining about kids being noisy while playing basketball in the street decided to join in the fun rather than get anyone in trouble. When he arrived at the scene, Officer Bobby White goes up to a tall boy holding a basketball.

"Can you believe someone's calling to complain about kids playing basketball in the street? Can you believe that?" Officer White could be heard on the video asking. Before the boy even responds, White says: “I don't know who called, but obviously, I ain't got no problem with it.” The officer then gets the ball and starts shooting some hoops. Other boys quickly join the game. “Oh no, now you’ve brought backup.”

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The January 15 encounter was caught on dash cam and quickly went viral after the Gainesville Police Department posted video on social media. “The takeaway here is—these kids were out, not inside playing video games, getting exercise and having fun,” Gainesville Police Department spokesman Ben Tobias told CBS News. “As a society, we've gotten away from letting kids be kids.”

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.

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

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