Memphis Officer Tries To Help Kids Understand That He's There To Help And Not Hurt Them

Memphis Police Department (MPD) Officer Rico Donald drove past children playing in their yard in Whitehaven, Tennessee on April 7. He noticed they got on their knees and placed their hands over their heads as if they were begging for their lives and about to be arrested.

Donald says it's common for children to act this way when he's in uniform, but he wanted to let them know that they shouldn't be afraid. Donald said, "If they keep that scared mentality when they're young, as they get older it's going to be, 'Ok, I'm not scared, but I don't like the police any more.'"

He and his partner decided to pull over and talk to the children. He told WATN News, "I was just trying to assure them, you don't have to be scared of us, we're your friends. No matter what you might see, you can depend on us." Donald shared that he tries to address the stigma against police officers when he can.

He explained, "I think we all know about what's going on in society with police and especially the black community." After speaking with the children he said, "The youngest one wanted to be a police officer. The second one wanted to do sports, and the young lady, she wanted to be a teacher." Donald then played football with the children.

Jamie Wilson, the mother of the kids, told WATN News "It made them feel so good. It made them feel great that he stopped and talked to them." Rev. Keith Norman, NAACP President, said, "Had he not stopped, those kids would have continued to believe that the police are bad."

Donald went on to say, "Kids cry when the police officers come because they're scared -- it's like we replaced the boogeyman. I need you to feel that if you need me, if no one else comes, I'm going to come. I want them to feel comfortable."

Photo: Youtube

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

A Canadian teenager may have solved a mystery that has confounded archaeologists for years.

Gizmodo reported that William Gadoury, 15, came...

Canadian man Camille Parent is furious that the nursing home workers who were caught on video abusing his mother will not face criminal charges....

After his passing, all sorts of new tidbits have surfaced about the comedic legend Jerry Lewis. Not all of the tidbits, however, paint Lewis in a...

A woman who was caring for a disabled 92-year-old man decided to quit in the middle of her day. She left the man, who needs round-the-clock care,...

Though he faces mounting criticism, Ben Carson is not backing down from his controversial statements on the campaign trail.

The retired...

Latest News Stories

The world's rarest cats have been born, and these four babies are totally adorable—and probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.  The four...

The anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks this month have many people remembering the victims of the tragedy. We also remember the...

Some people stereotype other people automatically just based on their appearance. For example, a Starbucks in Scotland baristas has reportedly...

A man in Texas bought a house that changed his life overnight. Curtis Grant purchased what he thought was an ordinary home in the suburbs. When he...

Who doesn’t love the idea of the Keurig. A steaming hot cup of coffee for one at your fingertips within a minute or so. It’s a dream come true for...