Police officer playing catch goes viral
BATON ROUGE - There's a video making the rounds on Facebook for all the right reasons. It may seem pretty simple, a Baton Rouge police officer took time out his day to play catch with two boys in an apartment complex, but it's getting a lot of attention from the community.
Officer Kyle Keller was responding to a call when he saw a boy playing catch and decided to ask if he could join.
"I saw a little boy throwing the ball by himself," he said. "So, I asked him if he had another glove and wouldn't mind me throwing with him. He agreed, we started throwing and I thought I'd share some tips with him."
Keller and the boy worked on some ground balls and pop-ups. A second boy jumped in and the three of them played catch.
The woman who filmed says it caught her eye, as something positive in her community.
That was good to see, you know," said Crystal Joachain. "We have so much negativity going on throughout this country about police officers and here's one of those simple tasks, that was such a big deal."
The Baton Rouge Police Department posted the video to its Facebook page, too. Since, it's gotten thousands of views.
Keller, who's been on the police force for about three years, says whenever he has time, he stops to play basketball, football, or catch with the kids.
"First of all, just see that we're human," he said. "That's what I think, we can be kids just like them."