Birmingham officers join kids in soccer match after receiving calls to end game

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Police in Birmingham, Alabama, have these young soccer player’s backs!

Officers went to some children’s defense after receiving multiple calls to break up their soccer game on a local tractor equipment company’s property.

Instead of stopping the fun,  police decided to join in on the fun.

Officer Jordan Burke filmed the match and posted the footage to Facebook with the caption “Please stop calling the police telling us to tell children to stop playing outside, this will be the result every time.”

The video is now going viral!

Burke explained the Birmingham Police Department regularly receives calls from local residents who demand that police make the children, ages 6 to 10, to leave the field. But the 25-year-old officer refused to do that, saying workers at the tractor company don’t mind their lot being used as a soccer field.

He also wants to promote good police relations with local kids. “They don’t have a playground here and the nearest playground is near the high school, which is a couple miles away,” says Burke.  “That is too far for these young guys to walk, ethically, I can’t tell children to stop playing.”

There is “not much out there for them to do,” Burke told “There are a lot of burned-out buildings, and I’d rather them be playing soccer in a parking lot than playing in a burned-out building.”

Burke said he and the other officers are looking into getting some nets, and other toys for the kids.

He’s thankful for the attention the impromptu soccer match is getting.

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