‘Little slugger’ teaches officer community policing can be painful

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - As many videos of police brutality get shared across the country, an adorable video of a couple of officers and a 'little slugger' is also getting attention.

In Richmond, authorities have stressed the need for community policing, or making sure officers are involved with members of the community in good times and bad.

One officer learned that it is not always a pleasant experience when he stumbled upon a 4-year-old's birthday in the park.

Jamaur Law says he took his twin nephews, Tyren and Tyion, to the park to celebrate their birthday.

As the boys were playing whiffle ball, a pair of officers stepped in and made it a game.

At that point, Law pulled out his cell phone and began recording.

"I wanted the nation to see what Richmond police were doing and how my nephews were interacting with them," Law told WTVR. "We need to bridge the gap between police and black youth."

The first officer's pitch was a swing and a miss. But when the second officer pitched, Tyion swung for the fences and hit the officer square in the chest.

Fortunately, no one was injured during the game.

The officers had no idea about their Internet fame.

"It is kind of funny because we were shocked Sunday morning when we found out. We had no idea we were being recorded," Carrie Griffith said. "It was just something we decided to do. I mean, kids playing baseball in a park. How could you not want to join in?"

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