This past Monday, police officers in D.C. were trying to break up two groups of fighting teenagers. A female officer was telling the teens to leave when high school senior Aaliyah Taylor walked right up to the officer and started playing "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" from her phone.
The officer, rather than get belligerent, took Silento's instructions, and started doing the Nae Nae dance. The teens began to crack up, as the conflict diffused but the events escalated into a full-on dance-off.
So basically I was trynna get to this girl but the police told me to go home so we made this deal if i win u leave but if u win I step andddddd she step
The cop had really impressive moves, and is an impressive person all around. This story is particularly heartwarming in the wake of growing awareness of police brutality. According to The Washington Post,
For Taylor, she said the dance-off marked her first positive interaction with police officers in her neighborhood. She has six sisters and one brother and, according to Taylor, all have been arrested or detained for non-violent offenses like breaking curfew. Taylor, who said she’s never been arrested, recalls her siblings saying that the officers acted unnecessarily rude and rough during their arrests.
Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted that she was proud of this creative, non-violent approach.
This isn't the first time that cops and civilians engaged in a dance off. Hopefully this becomes a recurring theme.