A Texas police officer caught a teen with a marijuana joint outside a movie theater and offered the teen a chance to redeem himself and avoid jail if he could do 200 push ups.
Arlington police lieutenant, Christopher Cook, said officer Eric Ball was working an off-duty police detail at a movie theater on Monday night when he encountered the teen discarding something that looked like a cigarette but had a strong odor of marijuana.
Officer Ball gave the teen the option of either being cited for marijuana possession or doing 200 push ups.
Lt. Cook said the boy was respectful and realized he’d made a mistake, so Ball told him, “You give me 200 pushups, I won’t put you in jail.”
Ball learned that discipline while playing football for coaches who made the players do the same thing.
The teen did the push ups and the boy’s mother, who was inside the movie theater, thanked the officer.
An onlooker, Raiza Paredez, posted a video on Facebook showing the teen struggling to complete the pushups, which has been viewed more than 100,000 times.
Paredez wrote on Facebook Wednesday that she didn’t want to get the officer in trouble, but wanted to show that “there are still good police officers.”
“Instead of giving the boy a record he’s trying to help him,” she wrote. “There’s more young men out here that need strong men like this in their lives.”
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