Sherman police officers play basketball with neighborhood kids

SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- Two Sherman police officers are going viral after being caught on video, joining in on a neighborhood basketball game.

It all started when two police officers responded to a call at a Sherman park over the weekend. That issue was quickly resolved, so the officers took on another job at the park and challenged some kids to a game.

"It was awesome," six-year-old Stanton Wimbish said.
"It was fun and it was amazing," eight-year-old Shaniah Johnson said.

These kids play basketball at Cherry Street Park in Sherman every day, but Saturday, their game was taken to a new level.

"Saw the kids were sitting on the bench and they had the basketball, and we thought let's go talk to the kids and see if we can shoot some hoops," Sherman Officer Dustin Suitors said.

So Sherman Officers Tyler Carroll and Dustin Suitors challenged the kids to a game, and it's all caught on a video that's now been viewed more than 15,000 times.

"I took the basketball away from the officer and then I made a shot," Stanton said.

"I tried to make a good basket, the video doesn't show it but I made one good basket," Officer Carroll said.

"We just started playing with them and one thing led to another and we got beat pretty bad," Officer Suitors said.

The officers said with recent news, it's more important than ever to be a positive example in the community, especially with kids.

"A lot of times they don't see police officers in the most positive light, depending on what background they come from," Carroll said. "I just wanted to play basketball and show them we have a human side, we aren't as big and scary as people think we are."

"Even though we are police officers and we are here to do a job, we can have fun with people too," Suitors said.

They said officers do things like this all the time, but it's not usually caught on camera.

"It's good for them to see us having fun too, it shows the human side of it," Suitors said.

And this seemingly small act of kindness, made a huge impact on these kids and how they view the police.

"Police are not mean, they are nice, only the people that be bad, they just get consequences," Shaniah said.

"I love that they take the criminals to jail," Stanton said.

"They make me have fun, they make my day good," Shaniah said.

The officers said they encourage others in law enforcement to get out into the community like this. The kids said they are already looking forward to a rematch against the officers.