While working his second job doing security for a local movie theater, off-duty Arlington police officer Eric Ball caught wind of a marijuana-smoking youth outside Tinseltown Cinemark Tuesday night, FOX 4 reports.
“The officer who was my mentor, he looked out for me,” Ball told the local news station. “So I just wanted to do it as a learning tool.”
A female bystander captured the young man’s encounter with corporal punishment outside the theater, the budding filmmaker taking not only a moment to record but also ridicule.
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“He decided he wanted to be smoking weed on the property, so instead of going to jail this is what they’re making him do,” Raiza Paredez can be heard saying.
“Struggling, too,” Paredez quips about the teen having to pause from the push-ups. “Might want to think twice about smoking.”
In the video, Ball can be heard explaining, “This is what they used to do back in the day when you played football in high school. Coaches would let you do push-ups, you’d think twice.”
With the footage quickly gaining attention — over 140,000 views on Facebook — Arlington police appear to be standing by Ball’s choice of exercise over jail.