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Shaker Heights Police respond to call on kids playing football by joining game

"Thank you for letting the kids be kids!" Wendy Brown wrote.
Credit: Instagram.com/just.wendyb

With tensions running high between the public and the police, officers in Shaker Heights responded to one call in an unusual way.

According to a post from Shaker Heights resident Wendy Brown, police were called to her neighborhood because her children were playing football in the street. But instead of giving her kids warnings or admonishing them, the officers who responded to the call opted instead to join the game themselves by running routes and playing defense.

"Thank you for letting the kids be kids!" Brown wrote on Instagram.

Brown's post, which drew more than 18,800 likes on Instagram, comes in the midst of a time of tension between the police and the public, particularly in the Black community, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. Floyd's death, which came during an arrest in which a police officer had his knee pressed over his neck, has led to protests across the country, including in Northeast Ohio, some of which have turned violent.

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