Two Hampton police officers appeared on the nation's largest cable news network this week to speak about a video they have produced that's so far has been seen by more than 10,000 people on YouTube.

Senior police officer Chris Reyes and patrol officer Leon Robertson were on "Fox & Friends" at 7:20 a.m. Monday for a three-minute segment. "Crooning Against Crime," Fox & Friends captioned the report. "Video in respond to spike in youth violence."

"They say not to tell what you see or hear/But that doesn't help a thing/Just try, Just Try, Just try," Reyes belts out in the video, which is to the tune of OneRepublic's "Counting Stars."

"I wanna change this life you're in/ You hate me, I'm still you're friend/We aren't that much diff-er-ent/Except the uniform I'm in," Reyes sings later in the song. "Know that I still play (video) games/"No! I'm not ashamed!/I am not the one to blame/I am here to keep you safe."

While Reyes — who performed theater while he was a student at Hampton University — sang and acted in the video, the lyrics were written by Robertson, the social media coordinator for the division's public information office. Justin Low, a police department recruit, appeared in the video as a suspect who befriends Reyes.

The video has garnered more than 10,000 views on YouTube in recent weeks, and can be found with a search of "Police Remix One Republic" or "Hampton police." Yahoo News later did a piece on the video, as well.

The YouTube video is here, while the Fox & Friends segment is here.

Hampton Police spokeswoman Mary Shackelford said Fox & Friends producers happened across the video through a Tweet, then contacting the department via email. The officers then went to a Fox-affiliated filming location at Regent University to film the segment with the hosts in New York.

Two Fox & Friends hosts, Brian Kilmeade and Anna Kooiman, talked about the "non-traditional approach" to responding to a spike in youth violence in Hampton. Kilmeade asked Reyes why he thinks the video has been effective, given that "there's a serious message in a fun video."

"Well, because it is a fun video, I believe that's one reason it's become kind of popular," Reyes replied. "It's actually one that it sends a positive message, a message we're trying to get across to America and first to Hampton, to let the youth know it's not too late to change and to do something positive."

Robertson said the police division makes a video a week on various topics. "We wanted to do something that would be memorable and get people talking about youth violence, and hopefully prevent crime before we have to do any enforcement action," he said.

"So policemen are people, too? " Kilmeade asked at the end of the segment. "Is that the message?"

"We are human too, just like the rest of the world," Reyes quipped.

"Way to represent the Hampton Police Department," Kooiman said at the end of the segment. "Very cool."

Shackelford said the department's recent efforts at creating videos — both to raise awareness about certain crimes as well as more fun ones — have been good for policing. "It's done good things and continues to gain momentum, certainly," she said.

Rapper to be sentenced

Speaking of singing, a local rapper will be formally sentenced Monday on gun charges he was convicted of in May.

Antwain Steward's gun conviction was in connection to two homicides that he was found not guilty of by a jury. Steward, 23, was found not guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Brian Dean, 20, and Christopher Horton, 16, on May 10, 2007. The two victims were standing outside Horton's home at 23rd Street and Orcutt Avenue when they were gunned down at 1:15 p.m.

The jury, comprised of six men and six women, deliberated for four-and-a-half hours before returning the verdicts. The jury found Steward guilty of two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

The jury recommended that he spend 16 years in prison.

The mandatory sentence on the two use-of-a-firearm charges was 8 years. The sentencing range for the shooting into an occupied dwelling was 2 to 10 years, with the jury recommending he spend 8 years in prison on that charge.

Steward will be sentenced by Newport News Circuit Judge Timothy S. Fisher.

Peter Dujardin and Ashley Speed cover courts and crime for the Daily Press. Dujardin can be reached at 757-247-4749757-247-4749, and Speed can be reached at 757-247-4778757-247-4778.