Mo. troopers spotted playing basketball with Ferguson youth

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 22 at 6:41 PM

(KMOV.com) -- As the situation in Ferguson continues to show signs of quieting down, News 4 found examples of law officers reaching out to the community, most notably reaching out to kids in the neighborhood.

Some Missouri Highway Patrol officers in Ferguson are trying to make positive, lasting impressions.

“I’ve been on the highway patrol for 21 years,” said Corporal Christensen, “This has been one of the best assignments I’ve had.”

Of course, the troopers’ main job is to support local law enforcement, but they said that doesn’t mean each day they can’t make a new friend or change minds about law enforcers.

“We’ve met a lot of people who are concerned about their community, about things that are going on here,” Christensen continued, “It’s very important that we invest in that – those children. Who knows, the seed might have been planted in that young man’s mind that one day he might want to be a Missouri State Trooper or a police officer in St. Louis or Ferguson or elsewhere.”

Melonie Montgomery lives in Ferguson with her young family. She said she understands what the past few weeks have meant to some young black males and knows a few minutes with these troopers will hopefully go a long way with her family.

“I have an older son who wants to be a police officer and I don’t want this to discourage him from pursuing the career he wants,” Montgomery said, “And just being able to see them in a more personable light, you know, I think it’s an amazing thing. To be with the kinds and spend time here and actually be here and speak with us, one on one, it really helps the atmosphere of Ferguson.”

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