Video Of Officer Boxing With Texas Teen Goes Viral

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BEGINNING OF WHAT WILL REPORTEDLY BE MONTHLY SESSIONS ON EMPLOYEES ON ISSUES BEYOND RACIAL BIAS. A MESQUITE POLICE OFFICER DISPATCHED TO LOWER THE VOLUME AT A MEMORIAL DAY BARBECUE ENDS UP IN A BOXING MATCH AND VIDEO OF THIS THING HAS BEEN WATCHED OVER A MILLION TIMES TODAY ONLINE. CBS 11 IS AT THE MESQUITE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHERE SHE SPOKE TO THE OFFICER. Reporter: THE OFFICER SAYS THIS WAS ALL IN GOOD FUN. THIS IS A COMMUNITY HE REGULARLY PATROLS. HE SAYS HE KNOW AS LOT OF THE PEOPLE THERE AND THEY — KNOWS A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THERE AND THEY KNOW HIM AND THEY HAVEN’T SEEN HIM LIKE THIS UNTIL NOW. IT STARTED WITH A NOISE COMPLAINT AT THE HILLCREST APARTMENT. AND THEY WERE HAVING A LITTLE BARBECUE. THEY WERE PLAYING SOME MUSIC, AND THEY HAD SOME KIDS OUT THERE WITH SOME GLOVES. Reporter: THE CROWD TURNED DOWN THE MUSIC, BUT CHALLENGED AUSTIN WINTON BOW TON A MATCH, STRAP — BOWEN TO A MATCH, STRAPPING A SPARE SET OF GLOVES ON HIM. AND THERE IS THIS PERCEPTION, WE HAVE GUNS, A BADGE, AND WE CAN’T FIGHT. Reporter: BUT THIS OFFICER. THIS IS IN 2006. Reporter: HAS BEEN BOXING SINCE HE WAS 13. I WON THAT NIGHT. Reporter: SO HE ACCEPTED THE INVITATION TO SPAR. OH, MY GOSH! EVERYBODY LOVES HIM. THEY LIKE HIM. WHEN HE PULL UP THEY BE LIKE OH, THERE IS OFFICER BLADE, YOU KNOW. THEY CALL HIM BLADE LIKE THE SUPER HERO LIKE WESLEY SNIPES AND WHEN HE SHOWED HE COULD FIGHT, THE CROWD WENT WILD! OFFICER BLADE GOT HIM LIKE! HE STILL GOT HIM! Reporter: WHEN BOWEN’S RADIO CAME LOOSE, PEOPLE STEPPED IN TO END THE FIGHT AND TO SHOW THEIR ADMIRATION. YOU SEE THE KIDS, THE KIDS COMING UP TO ME. YOU DID GREAT! Reporter: IT IS MOMENTS LIKE THIS. WE HUG, I MEAN PHYSICALLY HUG. Reporter: TAKE HE BELIEVES BREAKS DOWN SOME OF THE BARRIERS BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE. A GOAL HE HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO. YEARS AGO I MADE THAT DECISION. I’VE GOT TO STEP IN THERE, AND I HAVE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Reporter: THE REACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE. HE IS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, THOUGH, AND HE HAS HAD TO GET TOUGH AND HE HAS MADE ARRESTS IN THAT VERY SAME APARTMENT COMPLEX. WE TALKED TO RESIDENTS ABOUT THAT AND THEY SAY THAT IS HIS JOB AND THEY LOVE HIM.

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