A Virginian police officer responded to a call and decided to play with the children before leaving the scene.
South Hill Police Cpl. C.B. Fleming is being praised by the community after a video being released online showing him laying on the ground playing dolls with children. On Valentine’s Day, the officer responded to call of a gas leak at an apartment complex, and once he arrived at the scene and made sure the area was safe, he took a moment to play with the children before heading back out to the station.
“I was telling him that my daughter, my niece, and some of the other children here were afraid of cops,” Iesha Roper-Boswell, who recorded the video, told CNN affiliate WTVR. “So when he came and played with them, I captured that moment, not because I thought it would go viral, but it was amazing that my niece didn’t break out into tears.”
Officer Fleming decided to spend his time coloring pictures with the boys and playing dolls with the girls.
“When I got into this job, I knew there was something different, other than just writing tickets and being the bad person all the time,” Fleming, a 15-year veteran in the department, told WTVR. “I figured if I could be that bright spot in someone’s day, then that’s all that mattered.”
CNN affiliate WTVR went out to the apartment complex to speak to Officer Fleming and the neighborhood children immediately gathered around him with big smiles.
“He’s awesome. That’s the only word you can really use to describe C.B.,” said Roper-Boswell. “It’s just amazing, the bond he has with the children.”
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