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Caught on camera: Officers in uniform play basketball with neighborhood kids

Two Thomas County Sheriff's Deputies caught on camera playing basketball with neighborhood kids Two Thomas County Sheriff's Deputies caught on camera playing basketball with neighborhood kids
Sergeant Stephen Richardson (L) and Deputy Jason Shierling (R) Sergeant Stephen Richardson (L) and Deputy Jason Shierling (R)
Ski Lomax Ski Lomax
THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - There is a lot of tension between cops and civilians in many cities around the country following deadly police encounters and large protests.

One Thomas County man hoped a video he took would help change that.

It's not something folks are used to seeing.  

Officers in their uniforms playing basketball with neighborhood kids. 

Ski Lomax said he was so amazed, he had to take out his phone to record it. 

Lomax said, “This is amazing because we've been seeing so many terrible things over the last year.  And I wanted to catch something that was good.”

Lomax said that he usually thinks the worst when he sees deputies in his neighborhood, especially with the negative images and stories that flood the media of police and civilian conflict. 

Thomas County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Shierling said, “People just think you're there to arrest somebody, or you're there for a bad reason.”

But this time, it was different.  

The two officers weren't there to make an arrest.  They were there to interact with kids in their community. 

Lomax said, “When I saw the cop get the basketball, that's when I pulled my phone out to record a good moment.  Not anything violent, not an arrest, no handcuffs, just pure fun.”

The two officers said that this sort of one-on-one interaction is the best way to build strong and trusting relationships with the people they serve. 

Sergeant Stephen Richardson said, “They're our future.  So if we create and instill a positive role in their life, they can grow up and they can respect.”

Shierling and Richardson said they're glad Lomax caught the interaction on video, but they admitted they may need to brush up on their basketball skills before they visit the kids again.  

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