Police Charged For Tossing Football With 7-Year-Old

Should the police be allowed to be your friendly neighbor?

If that means tossing around a football with a 7-year-old while they are on duty, then perhaps not. Four members of the New York police department were patrolling the Webster Houses in the Bronx last summer when they came across a scene worth checking out.

"It was the Fourth of July, it was 96 degrees out and we were interacting with the community," said Officer Catherine Guzman, a 17-year veteran of the force. "I don't think throwing a football to a 7-year-old boy is misconduct."

But that's what the football four were charged with, as they received command disciplines. Two of the four also accepted a penalty of two vacation days. And now Guzman along with fellow officer Mariana Diaz are appealing the ruling and taking the case to the departmental trial room, according to the New York Daily News.

As a post on Gawker notes, how long the four remained playing football is unclear. But their upcoming case will turn on whether the police "did fail and neglect to remain alert," according to police codes.

Taking note of where the Bronx football case fits in with the current atmosphere between the police and citizens in New York City, a post at New York magazine's website went with the headline: "Cops Can Dry Hump the Locals, But Can't Throw Them a Football." The New York-based weekly magazine was referring to another incident that drew wide attention in New York from this past summer. The celebration for West Indian cultures and communities, held over the Labor Day weekend, gained notoriety when a video surfaced showing policemen "dancing, grinding, and outright humping some barely clothed women," as New York put it.

No one was disciplined, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seemed content that his force was interacting with the community.

"[It's] great advertisement for New York [and] it sends the message that police officers are our friends, not our enemies," he said, according to a separate report from New York.

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this is an example of building a realationship and may be the people that have this positive interaction can do the same and spread this example of nice police rather then there go the pigs. positive vs negative and ill take the positive. the cops did the good thing as serve and protect and show this little boy that there are real cool cops out there.

September 23 2013 at 9:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

IMHO creating and maintaining a good relationship between the PD and the citizens IS part of a policeman's job. A good rapport with the people helps maintain public safety and solve crimes. Tossing a football with a kid for a while seems to be part of the "improving public relations" concept. Better than "hey, kid, get the hell off the street" concept. Whatever happened to common sense?

October 20 2011 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Rebate

Everything is relative. Tossing a football once, maybe twice = tolerable. 5 minutes = get back to work 4 minutes ago.

October 13 2011 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You've GOT to be f***king kidding?!

October 10 2011 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You've got o be f***king kidding!

October 10 2011 at 9:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tossing a football with a cop is better than dry humpping one, but obviously Mayor Bloomberg disagrees.

October 06 2011 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh this is insane,leave the guys alone! Would you rather the cops be hated by the kids?I mean honestly,whats this world NIT PICKING EVERY LITTLE THING has got to stop!

October 06 2011 at 7:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Grinding half naked women is not on the same level as throwing a few balls with a child. That is officer friendly building good relationships and trust in the community, isn't that what we want. I fail to see how this incident is punishable in anyway, are the authorities on drugs or just plain stupid. Can't they see how beneficial this is for the community?

I read in the Bible where it states we will come to live in a time when right was considered wrong and wrong considered right, this is a clear example.

October 03 2011 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm not sure after seeing those policemen in the gay parade whether I'd be comfortable with them trying to play football with MY kid. But that's just me I guess. Oh yeah .. the boy scouts and me.

October 03 2011 at 9:14 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

What does the boy want to be when he grows up, a policeman maybe?
What does the mayor want to be when he grows up?

October 02 2011 at 3:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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