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WATCH: Dashcam shows Texas cop tossing football with lonely kid

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Jan 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-21 13:24:00-05

(CNN) – A kid with a football caught the attention of a police officer in Rosenberg, Texas.

Sergeant Ariel Soltura said he noticed the boy by himself, tossing a football up and down in his hands.

Soltura had just finished a traffic stop, and he decided to stop for a bit and play “some toss.” The officer says he didn’t want to be intrusive, so he left after tossing the ball back and forth a few times.

He said he’s done this kind of thing before and tried to engage kids in the community, whether they’re playing with a football, riding bikes, or skateboarding.

Soltura said it helps officers appear more human and encourages co-operation.