A DC cop’s dance-off video certainly gives new meaning to “beat cop.” When a female DC police officer came upon a school fight, she defused the situation using the dance beats from Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” video. Her actions even had President Barack Obama writing about the dancing police officer on Twitter.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Hillary Clinton tried doing the Nae Nae and the Whip on video, but critics compare her dance moves to the Stanky Leg (as you might guess, that is not a compliment at all).
But there are many people on social media complimenting the DC cop’s dance-off moves. On Monday, 17-year-old Aaliyah Taylor, a senior at Ballou High School, says Washington D.C. police officers broke up two groups of fighting teens at the 200 block of K Street SW. When a female police officer tried to disperse the lingering crowd, Taylor says she approached the female cop and started playing “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” on her smartphone while doing the Nae Nae dance.
Instead of becoming aggravated, the DC cop laughed and declared a dance-off as a means to settle the issue. The officer told the teens that if she won the dance-off they had to disperse, but if Taylor won they could stay.
“Instead of us fighting, she tried to turn it around and make it something fun,” Taylor said. “I never expected cops to be that cool. There are some good cops.”
The teen says she did not really watch the dancing police officer since she dances with her head down, but when she viewed the smartphone videos later on she admitted, “Oh, she has some moves.” Dancing in full police gear must be tiring since the cop eventually declared herself too winded to continue. Still, everyone won because the tense situation was defused and the teens left the area without raising a fuss.
The DC cop’s dance-off only lasted a few minutes, but the impression it made in the minds of the teens may last a lifetime. The police officer’s dance-off was the first time the teen had positively interacted directly with officers in her neighborhood. The high school student says her seven siblings have all been arrested at least once, and all she recalls was how the cops were rude and rough.
“I thought all cops were cruel because that’s how I saw them,” Taylor said. “I’ve now seen there are good cops out there.”
While the DC cop’s dance-off video may have made the Washington DC police officer famous, the woman did not want her name released since she did not want the story to be about her.
“It’s kind of embarrassing that this became so big,” she said, according to the Washington Post. “This is what we do everyday.”
Regardless, President Obama thought it was time to make the dancing police officer’s story even bigger.
“Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae? Great example of police having fun while keeping us safe,” Obama tweeted.
Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae? Great example of police having fun while keeping us safe: https://t.co/ZGeTDm6OYw
— President Obama (@POTUS) October 29, 2015
Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier responded in kind on Twitter.
“Thank you @POTUS engaging with residents thru dance is part of our dedicated community policing effort in the nation’s capital,” she wrote.
Lanier had also previously released a statement which praised the officer’s actions as an example of how the average police officer tries to work with people.
“The viral video today of the First District Officer positively engaging with teens and defusing the conflict yesterday in a manner that appropriately resolved the call is reflective of the many positive police-community interactions that take place daily in Washington, D.C.,” she said.
Marinos Marinos, the secretary of the Washington D.C. police union, says the DC cop’s stand-off video may have highlighted the personal interactions between poice and residents, but he says these types of events are not unusual.
“We are humans just like everyone else,” Marinos said. “Everyday we come in contact with thousands of citizens and almost all of them have positive outcomes.”
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