Pickup basketball game featuring Lafayette kids and state troopers goes viral

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Without a doubt, it’s been a tough few days for communities across the country following protests over police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana and an attack in Dallas that left five police officers dead.

That’s why a video of something simple—a basketball game—is resonating with Hoosiers. Police officers played against some local kids in Lafayette. Word of the encounter spread quickly online.

4 Fast Facts

  • State police play basketball with kids in Lafayette
  • Videos and photos of the encounter quickly spread online
  • The state troopers had wrapped up a traffic stop when the encountered the children
  • One of the kids challenged them to a game of basketball

Kristin Pearl posted pictures and video of the game on Facebook, writing that “in the face of all that is going on in America right now, it was refreshing to drive into Lafayette and see this.”

The basketball game happened at Linnwood Park in Lafayette on Saturday afternoon. It involved Indiana State Police troopers and kids at the park.

According to the Lafayette Journal and Courier, troopers David Vido, Stephen Grayson, Jeremy Piers and Kent Westcott had wrapped up a traffic stop a few blocks away. Some local kids came up to them as they were about to leave.

The two groups began talking, and then one of the neighborhood kids challenged them to a game of basketball. The troopers played in full uniform and gear. While they gave a valiant effort, they lost by one score.

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