Kids Meet A Cop And Ask Him Their Most Pressing Questions

"Have you ever broke the law?"

In Cut Video's series Kids Meet, children get the opportunity to interview people with different life experiences. In the past, they've sat down with a woman who's living with Alzheimer's, a magician, people who have felonies on their record, a deaf woman, and a man with muscular dystrophy. The series gives them a chance to learn about what it's like to be in their shoes.

In the latest installment, the kids got to meet with a police officer who has been on the force for 14 years. The cop, Sergeant Peter Barrett, answered their questions about whether all cops like doughnuts (most do), the length of his shifts (12 hours long), and whether or not he's ever broken the law (he has). 

He also explained the tools he has around his belt including a baton, a taser, handcuffs, and a gun. 


"Do you feel bad for people that you have to arrest?" one girl named Arriell asked him. 

"Sometimes. There's people that we arrest and they're very sorry for what they did, but we still have to do our job to arrest them," Barrett said.

"What do people get wrong about cops?" Arriell later asked.

"I think, sometimes, people don't understand that police officers are just people too," Barrett said. "We wanted to do this job to help people. Just like firemen. We don't want people to be scared of us. I hope that you and your friends wouldn't be scared of police. I want you guys to be able to come talk to us if you want to talk to us." 

Barrett spoke about his own experiences as a cop and, while his perspective may be different than others, it was interesting to watch the way he responded to the kids' questions. Arriell actually came to set with a full page of thoughtful questions she had written for him which you can see in the Instagram post below. Unfortunately, not all of them were answered in the video. 

You can watch the whole video below.


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