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IN People ON 19 Apr, 2016
Whenever these three little kids used to see the officer driving by their house, they bent on their knees until he ran out of sight. It's because the kids felt that the officer might shoot them if they don't raise their hands.
Officer Rino Donald used to observe them daily while patrolling in Memphis, Tennessee. One day kids were as usual playing outside their house and they bent while seeing the officer passing by their house. Read on further to know what happened next.
Officer Donald explained, "I was just trying to reassure them that you don't have to be scared of us, we're your friends. No matter what you might see, you can depend on us. It's a learned behavior. I'm not going to say it's necessarily what they see in the community, but more so what's being publicized on TV. It's common practice that we'll be on the scene or a drive by you usually see the 'Hands up, don't shoot' with police interaction, not necessarily in a serious way but by - I guess - entertainment. It's just a message. We preach the word 'transparency' and I think there's a need to fight back against the negative publicity officers get. It's just my way of letting kids know that 'Hey. We are out here for you,' no matter how we are painted in the media or whatever."
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