(WFAA) An Arlington police officer is receiving lots of praise from social media after his encounter with a teen boy. According to the video circulating on social media, the officer allowed the teen to do push-ups versus taking him to jail.
Arlington police identified the officer in the video as Officer Eric Ball. He was working off-duty one night at an Arlington movie theater when someone told him a teenager was smoking weed outside.
When he went out, he saw the teenager finishing a cigarette and discarding it, smelling marijuana as he approached.
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"Marijuana gives [off] a distinct odor. He knew what the teen was up to," said Lt. Chris Cook with Arlington police.