Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dance Your Pants Off

I used to love that show, American Bandstand, Solid Gold any show with  dancing other than with the stars, there is something about dance that makes everyone feel good.  And it can be athletic too!

Why I am still trying to understand that incident with the cop and the kid I found this story about another cop and the kid and frankly the cop won this one.

A D.C. cop tried to break up a group of teens. It ended in this impressive dance-off.

On Monday afternoon, a D.C. police officer approached two groups of teenagers and told them to disperse. Aaliyah Taylor, a 17-year-old senior at Ballou High School, walked up to the officer and started playing “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” on her phone. Then she did the Nae Nae dance.

The officer, according to Taylor, laughed and said she had far better dance moves than that.
What happened from there on K Street SW was a rather impressive dance-off between the police officer and the teen, and an example of positive community policing at a time when national attention is focused on discriminatory and abusive police tactics.

“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.”

D.C. police confirmed the officer in the video is an officer with the department, but didn’t provide her name.

Taylor said the officer told the group that if the teen won the dance-off, the teens could stay. If the officer won, they would have to leave.

The two danced for a few minutes face-to face — stanky leg and all — and 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.

“I mostly hold my head down when I dance, so I didn’t really see her,” Taylor said. “But when I looked at the video after, I was like ‘Oh, she has some moves.'”

Marinos Marinos, the secretary of the D.C. police union, said these sorts of personal interactions between officers and residents aren’t unusual — it’s just that most don’t make it to the Internet.

“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.”

Plus, he added, the officer had about 40 pounds of equipment and clothes, so it likely wasn’t even a fair competition.

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