VIRAL: Sikeston DPS officers shoot hoops with community members

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - They won't be playing in the NBA, but a couple of officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety played into the hearts of some Sikeston residents on Monday, June 22.

Some Sikeston men were shooting around with a basketball at the Sikeston Fifth and Sixth Grade Center when Officers James Danforth and Matt Coplin pulled up and asked if they could play.

"We were a little shaky at first, but it was a cool experience," Cortez Banks said.

"They were kind of shocked at first, but then they were like, 'yeah I guess!' We played with them for about 30 to 40 minutes," said Officer Danforth.

Tyrone McClinton was one of the players who helped the action unfold.

"After a while it was really getting fun with playing basketball, so I thought I would record it and then people can realize police are not that bad," McClinton said.

McClinton and the officers all agree that they never imagined the video would get so much attention.

"We are trying to show that we are human too. We are family and we have families we want to go home to," Officer Coplin said.

Officer Danforth said the post comes at a time when police officers are being portrayed negatively by some, so he's happy to hear it got such a positive response.

"A positive image is better, instead of what they've been seeing lately," Officer Danforth said.

Tyrone McClinton Jr. shared this video of an unfortunate brick by one of the officers.

In the video, Officer Matthew Coplin tries to make a three-point shot. On Wednesday, June 24, he got a do-over.

Never the less, these men in blue made a big impression on the ball players even if they didn't put up any points on video.

During an interview with the officers on Wednesday, the number of kids who came over to play kept growing.

The video, posted earlier in the week, has been viewed thousands of times.

Both men agree that they hope this fun doesn't end here.

"If kids want to play basketball when I'm off, I'll be more than willing to play," Officer Coplin said.

Both officers have been with the department for less than two years.

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