A cellphone video that captured Chicago police officers playing football with children on the street on the South Side has gone viral.
The video was shot near Independence and Grenshaw in the North Lawndale neighborhood and was shared by TattooTim Freeman on Facebook on Sunday. In one day, more than 4,500 people have shared the heartwarming video.
In the video, two Chicago officers are shown throwing a football with some children on the street. Another child sits inside a police car and plays with the megaphone, saying, "We having fun out here, keep recording us, we having fun, we having fun with the police."
Freeman, who identified himself as a minister, told the police officers that he doesn't believe cops are bad, despite what other people may say. He later challenged people on Facebook to share the video as proof.
"The thing is it's hard because you're either out on patrol and then constantly running on the calls or now (holding) the blocks. But you don't just have to sit in cars. It's fun to talk to people," one officer told Freeman.
Freeman noted that he did not usually witness scenes like this in the neighborhood, but he thanked the officers for playing with the children.
"I witness police officers in our neighborhood playing with our children on grenshaw and Indepedence," Freeman said in the Facebook post. "Everytime I look on Facebook there are negative posts of police officers killing our kids or our kids killing one another. Today is a new day. police officers are taking time out of their daily plans to spend time with our children. Something I've never seen our brothers do in the hood."