CLEVELAND – Cleveland Police officers have been doing much more than fighting crime recently. Many officers spent the weekend handing out toys and books to kids they met on the streets in random acts of kindness.
Officers and the Sea of Blue police support group tell the Fox 8 I-TEAM that they teamed up to do this in honor of Officer Wayne Leon. He was shot to death in the line of duty back on June 25, 2000.
Organizers bought about $400 worth of coloring books, crayons, balls, bubbles and candy.
Cleveland Officer Nick Sabo helped organize the random acts. He said it was important to “try to do something for the kids.”
And he added, it was significant to do it around the anniversary of an officer killed in the line of duty.
Sabo said he wanted folks to see, “The importance of being a police officer and what police do for people. Like a bridge that brings people together.”
We’re told officers plan to do the same thing surprising children this week in Brooklyn and Berea too.