Gainesville officer dealing with noise complaint plays pickup hoops

Police officer handles noise complaint

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- If you're a Gainesville police officer, how do you deal with a noise complaint about neighborhood kids playing basketball too "loudly" in the street?

If you're Officer Bobby White, you shake off the cobwebs and show those kids exactly how it's done.

Dashcam video showing Officer White cutting loose to shoot hoops with a bunch of kids has gone viral since the Gainesville Police Department uploaded it to Facebook on Thursday. It piled up nearly 2 million views in less than 12 hours.

Officer White had been dispatched to deal with a complaint about kids playing basketball "loudly" about 5 p.m. Jan. 15, according to GPD. But the 911 caller must have been stunned by what happened next.

The officer, instead of admonishing the teens, can be seen grabbing the ball and dribbling it. Then he launches and rebounds some shots, tosses up a would-be alley-oop and even throws down a pretty respectable dunk. Soon after, several other teens swarm the makeshift court to join in.

In a message watermarked over the video, GPD says, "So...if you call GPD to complain about kids being kids... This is how Officer White is going to handle it. We're going to let kids be kids. We are going to focus on the ones that commit crimes. #HoopsNotCrime"


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