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Milwaukee police Officer Ron Edwards didn’t expect to play flag football Saturday afternoon, but he jumped in a game – uniform and all – with fellow officers and dozens of young people at Sherman Park.

“It made me realize I’m not as young as I used to be,” Edwards said afterward with a chuckle. “I had a good time.

The game was the centerpiece of Feast and Football, a community event organized by Safe and Sound, a local nonprofit that works to strengthen relationships between residents, youth and law enforcement. It took place three months after the Sherman Park neighborhood was rocked by two nights of violent unrest following a fatal police shooting.

“It’s a chance to get the community to come together, the Police Department to come together and bond as one, to pick up where we lost that connection,” said Edwards, an 11-year department veteran.

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