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Instead of breaking up street football game, Buffalo police officer joins in

Usually a nuisance call to the Buffalo Police involving children playing in the street ends with the children being sent home.

But a series of videos, posted by Tasha Fields on Facebook, shattered any preconceived notions about what may happen when police show up on the scene.

Now, the videos are going viral — with over 1,000 shares since July 19.

The videos even got the attention of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, who called the episode "community policing at its best."

Here's what happened:

When Officer Patrick McDonald responded to a nuisance call of children playing football in the street, he just joined in. Video footage shows Officer McDonald walking from his car toward the football game asking, "Where we lining up?"

The next video shows the officer running and catching a Hail Mary pass.

In the final video, he jokes with one of the children that he should write up a police report because he just got robbed.

You can watch the videos here:

... when the police 👮 pulls up due to music nuisance BUT ends up playing street football 🏈 with the gang! 🔥🔥

Posted by Tasha Fields on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

 

Brown posted about the videos on Facebook, calling it an example of why Buffalo is called the "City of Good Neighbors."

Community Policing at its BEST! I applaud Officer Patrick McDonald for turning a nuisance call into a positive...

Posted by Mayor Byron W. Brown on Monday, July 24, 2017

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