BUFFALO, N.Y. – A lesson on how to unite a city is a cappella. One is a former college basketball player. The other a gospel singer. When they joined as cops, something clicked.
After Michael Norwood and Moe Badger were recorded singing inside a restaurant in Buffalo, their musical association became a sensation.
"People always say:" When are you going to start working? ", Norwood told CBS News. "And it's like … we're working, that's how we work."
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"When people see us, people demand that we sing now," Norwood explained. "They will not accept no for an answer, they do not care what's going on, I remember we had someone arrested." He says, "You're the cop singer. I want a song right now," Norwood laughed. "I'm like," Sir, what about your license? "
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On a serious note, Norwood and the Badger are using their music to connect with the community.
And they started a program called "COPSS", which means children who overcome the stereotypes of the police through sports.
They have basketball games for kids all over Buffalo.
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Norwood and Badger said their program changes the opinion that people have of police officers.
"It definitely changes the narrative of what we've seen," Badger said. "Through the construction of these relationships in these schools, now, these same children are not only embracing themselves, the police officers, but now they come to us and tell us:" Hey, I want to be like you & # 39 ;. And you know, in our community, that's a taboo, to be honest with you, there has definitely been a division between our community and the police officers, and our mission must be to repair that division.
When you listen, it's not hard to see why.
Her favorite song lately has been "My Girl" by The Temptations and they had nothing during the interview.
"You know, because everyone knows & # 39; My girl & # 39;" said Badger.
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