Officers were in the area for a criminal investigation, First Coast News reports, but figured it was time to take a break and share some laughs with a young girl named Za’Dariyah Mishaw.
While it’s unknown whether she was speeding or had turned without signaling, patrol officer Christian Velasco pulled her over to issue a $4 ticket for a traffic-related infraction.
“Everyone always has bad things to say about the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, well, I want to say BIG PROPS to these officers for making a memorable moment for my family,” said Za’Dariyah’s uncle Keyth Mishaw, who was watching his niece from the apartment window.
“It was a fun moment, brightened up the whole day,” he added, commending the officers for making his niece’s first experience with the police a happy one.
The encounter is hilariously relevant to the average millennial’s run-in with the law, with the only difference being that Mishaw didn’t try to cry her way out of the ticket.
Za’Dariyah is reportedly nagging her mother to pay the fine.
Velasco told First Coast News that Mishaw “was going pretty fast. It took me a while to catch up to her, but we did, and she was cited.”
The officer said that he tries to interact with the community as much as possible to establish his role as their friendly protector.