Any cop will tell you that there is something called community policing or a strategy of policing that focuses on police building ties and working closely with members of the community. When that is achieved successfully, cops can do their jobs without interruption and the community appreciates the police, and in turn respects law enforcement.
Seventeen-year-old senior at Ballou High School, Aaliyah Taylor, walked up to the officer and started playing “Silento’s Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” on her phone. The officer told the group that if the teens won the dance-off, they could stay. If the officer won, they would have to leave. Then the police officer busted her moves—she did the Nae Nae! The rather impressive dance-off was caught on cellphone by teens cheering on.
Taylor said to local news, “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 two competed for few minutes, even doing the stanky leg and all. Taylor said the officer would have kept going, but she got tired. Both Taylor and the officer declared themselves the victors, hugged and everyone left the area.
The story became so big that even D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated the officer’s dance moves on Twitter, tweeting, “DC has innovative ways to keep the city safer and stronger.”
It is community policing like this that can help shed a positive light on those officers who are truly out there to protect and serve.