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Video shows Huntington Beach police officer playing hopscotch with homeless girl

Huntington Beach police officer plays hopscotch with 11-year-old homeless girl

Huntington Beach Police Officer Zach Pricer shows an 11-year-old homeless girl how to play hopscotch in a video posted to the department’s Facebook page Wednesday. Off camera, another officer was making housing arrangements for the girl and her mother, who were living out of a car.

(Huntington Beach Police Department)

An online video shows a Huntington Beach police officer having some fun and playing a game of hopscotch with an 11-year-old homeless girl while off camera, another officer makes housing arrangements for the girl and her mother.

The 1:34-video posted on the Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook page shows Officer Zach Pricer partaking in a game of hopscotch with the girl.

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This morning an officer checked on a suspicious occupied vehicle in the area of Graham and Edinger. During his...

Posted by Huntington Beach Police Department on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

On Wednesday morning, Officer Scott Marsh was out on patrol and checked on a suspicious occupied vehicle near Graham Street and Edinger Avenue, according to the online post. But upon closer inspection, he discovered that a mother and her 11-year-old daughter had been living out of their car.

While Marsh began making housing arrangements for the family with the department’s Homeless Task Force, Pricer arrived on scene. A video captured Pricer explaining the rules of the game on a sidewalk, etched in chalk with a hopscotch grid.

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After going over the rules, Pricer deftly demonstrates how it’s played, drawing a giggle from the girl.

“Your feet touched the line, but I’m going to let you go because it’s your first time,” Pricer says after the girl’s first attempt through the grid. “I’ll give it to you.”

After her return hop back, Pricer greeted the girl with a high five.

As of Thursday, the video has received more than 490,000 views and has been shared nearly 5,000 times.

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Brian Park, brian.park@latimes.com

Twitter: @TheBrianPark

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