'We need more cops like this': Texas police officer wins praise on social media as he is filmed ordering pot-smoking teen to do push-ups instead of going to jail
Officer Eric Ball of the Arlington Police was off-duty at a local movie theater
Ball was informed there was a teen outside smoking marijuana
The officer approached the teen as he put out his joint and noticed the odor
Ball gave the teen a choice - either do 200 push-ups or go to jail
The incident was filmed and posted to Facebook, where it went viral
A police officer from Arlington, Texas, is winning praise on social media Thursday after he was filmed making a teenager who smoked marijuana do push-ups instead of jail time.
Eric Ball of the Arlington Police Department was off-duty at an Arlington movie theater when someone informed him there was a teenager outside smoking pot, according to WFAA-TV.
When Ball went outside to investigate, he saw the teen throwing his joint away. The smell of marijuana, however, gave him away.
The officer then gave the teen, both of whom are black, a choice – either do 200 push-ups or go to jail.
'He could have very well arrested this teen, but instead tried to do something better,' Lt. Chris Cook of the APD told WFAA-TV.
The name of the teenager is not known, but police say he was about 17 years old. Cook said the teen was respectful toward Ball during their encounter.
Oficial de policía de Texas hace que los adolescente haga flexiones por fumar marihuana.