Earlier this week, police in Gainesville, Florida received a complaint from the grumpiest person in the world – we’re picturing Old Man Marley, only from Florida, so, like, ten times crazier – about kids playing basketball “loudly” on a neighborhood street.
Officer Bobby White responded to the call, and, after realizing there was nothing amiss (and because he has not let life’s inexorable march to the grave wither his soul) he decided the best course of action was to ball up with the kids. In other words, he’s the coolest cop in the world.
Officer White didn’t leave without doing his duty, either. After playing basketball for around 10 minutes, which included lowering the hoop and throwing down a rim-rattling dunk, he asked the kids to do him a favor – “Obviously I have no problem with you playing basketball, just if you can, just try not to be too loud, you know what I mean?” – and then said he’ll bring some “backup” to get a game going.
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
It looks like the Gainesville Police Department will hold him to it, too.
“Wow,” the Police Department wrote on Facebook. “One MILLION people have now seen Officer White’s style of policing. We hope that it inspires other officers! We are overwhelmed with the amount of support. Officer White WILL try for a full game coming soon!”
It’s too bad there isn’t an Officer White patrolling every neighborhood in America. At the very least, can we get this dude in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest?