9OYS reunites girls, officers captured in memorable moment at Kinston Bojangles’

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – 9 On Your Side is reuniting two girls and two Kinston police officers we first told you about last week.

The quartet, you’ll remember, were caught on camera during a memorable encounter at a local Bojangles’.

‎The girls’ mother, La’Kiya Quinerly, posted about the encounter on Facebook the Saturday night just after it happened.

In the post, she wrote the two officers spoke to her daughters as they were on their way into the restaurant. The officers then proceeded to pick up their order and sit down. At that time, Quinerly had to grab the fresh food she and her daughters were waiting on. When she returned, she found her daughters had made their way over to the officers and struck up a conversation with them.

She said, the officers “made my daughter’s night as they asked every question that comes to their mind.!!!!!♡♡♡”

The conversation continues Monday as this quartet of friends discussed any and everything.

“They asked us all kinds of series of questions from lollipops to what their favorite flavor was, to what they see on the news in regards to the media and the police today,” said Sergeant John Stroud of Kinston Police Department

Stroud said it is not unusual for children to spark conversation with them.

“Dealing with children you know if we make those bonds as children it will carry into their adult life and so we need to start with the children,” explained Stroud

And it strengthens the bond between the community and police.

“There is a lot of negative out there brewing now, but within our community I feel like we do have a bond. We can’t please everybody everyday but we do the best to take our citizens safe,” said Stroud.

Mom La’kiya Quinerly said she’s glad she shared the picture.

“It gave me a warm heart to know no matter what goes on in the world my children have the peace of mind to say okay this cop done something good to me, for me. He made me feel comfortable and to me I’m pretty sure that will last with them for forever,” explained Quinerly


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