LAPD youth sports program changes hearts, minds in Watts

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A Los Angeles Police Department summer youth program is changing the attitudes of kids and their parents in Watts. (KABC)

Los Angeles police officers are on the offense and defense this summer in Watts. They're taking part in Watts Bears, a track and football program that pairs officers with at-risk youth.

All the players are 8- to 12-year-old children living in housing projects in Watts. In addition to playing on the team, they're required to attend a six-week summer school.

Reporter Elex Michaelson shows how the program is changing hearts and minds one touchdown at a time in the video above.

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